It’s interesting in these days of complex alloys and plastics that nothing has surpassed wood, grown from the ground.
We couldn’t do without it.
Still one of the leading materials to build a house *and* all the furniture inside it. Not to mention all that paper in the world, for millennia it’s been leading, and still leads, the best way of archiving knowledge.
And still the best thing to burn for warmth, a heap like this is a very satisfying thing to see at the start of winter.