I found a new article of interest. The article from the Botanical Resarch Institute of Texas
, linked here, describes the importance of Cedars as a successional species. It tells how the cedar is locking down abused lands and effectively healing them. It is a good read.
Also its been a long time since iv'e posted but I do have some updates pertaining to this thread. I have been using what I have learned from the book make a chair from a tree. I have been refining a design of bar stools. These are a set I made from cedar.
This is a chair that is made from cedar.
I have been exploring the use of other "trash trees" as well. I have made sets of bar stools from hack berry, and china berry. These are chinaberry bar stools. All joints in the bar stools are mortise and tenon.
I made a video of the process