Of course the process for making a bespoke piece all starts with the wood. Choice of wood type is dictated not only by its appearance but also by desired functionality (strength, stability, durability, to name a few). Before use, wood must be carefully seasoned to reduce its moisture content and to aid its stability. Even then, a piece of wood remains “live”. It will absorb water again in response to the seasons and its surroundings and to harness it effectively into a piece of furniture requires skilled design and the use of age-old jointing techniques.
A few more words on materials. Bespoke furniture is usually made from solid wood, but in some cases veneers are used to advantage where distinct patterns are desired or where exotic woods are either unavailable in suitable sizes or are too rare and expensive for use in the solid form.