Curing wood you’ve felled or found (drying ‘green’ wood in a controlled fashion) is essential if you want to use it for construction, woodworking, or even just for use in your woodstove or fireplace.
You can read Curing Wood in 5 Steps here.
Curing the wood keeps it from cracking, splitting and distorting after you’ve already created/built something with it.
Artificial drying – over a fire or in an oven also risks splitting or otherwise damaging your wood.
“Cabinet maker Jeff Segal shows how he’ll store and cure the freshly milled plane tree, using bearers or stickers [square dowels] to separate the wood and allow the air to circulate.”