CAS white cedar, the native cedar around here, is used extensively for outdoor furniture and fence posts around the upper Midwest. We have a back yard swing that is 20 plus years old made from it. Good stuff but hard to find in the woods for stick making material as most is small and gnarly.I'm pleasantly surprise at how well the cedar ranks. It's a fairly soft wood, but apparently reasonably resistant to weathering. I'm able to nab some on occasion when I visit my brother or he visits me.
Thanks for the post!