Gary posted a link http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/topic/27664 that is saying that
"The Indian prefer(s) a pièce of wood from the trunk or a large limb of a [juniper] tree that has died and seasoned while standing."
Several years ago I cut black locust trees that also had died and seasoned while standing. Back than I didn't dare to used that wood because I thought that there must be something wrong with it as it has died … although I must admit that the growth rings were superb and my heart was bleeding to cut the log into firewood. Now, several weeks ago, I found two other black locust standing dead and seasoned. The general appearance of both of them is good but I heaven cut them yet as I would have to buy them …
Does anybody have (bowyers) experience with black locust trees that have died and seasoned while standing?