Beech is a good wood...a wood that is dense, hard and has no taste to it. My Grandfather used it a lot in making wooden toys. Myself? Well I have a bunch of it on my property, and plenty of it in my solar kiln, but its nasty stuff to deal with, at least drying it.
With a kiln its easy to case harden it, and with an air drying kiln (like my solar kiln) its likes to bend, warp and twist on me. Not just a little bit, but into a prezel. Its very hard to overcome as many a suspicious woodworker/landowner/sawyer has found out.
As a landowner I have a whole Beech Ridge that is just about worthless. Its about 10 acres in size, yet the trees were stricken with a disease known as Beech Bark Disease. The disease hits the trees at a young age, stunts their growth and makes the wood knotted right up. Its absolutely worthless for lumber in this condition.
For the Beech that is healthy (we call it smooth bark beech here) you get about $120 a thousand bf for the wood and that is assuming you can find a place that will take it. Beech's one redeeming quality is that Spalts up very nicely. You can take a 2 foot chunk of beech, roll it out in your pasture and leave it for a year, and be assured in 365 days, you are going to have a spectacular piece of spalted lumber.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"