Often when I write about wood, commenters note that it isn't as durable as other materials. And while that might be true of 2x4 wood frame construction, it isn't about heavy timber. The most surprising I have ever seen is in Bologna, Italy.
Back in the 13th century, however, they built this arcade in wood. Here it is, eight hundred years later, and the exposed wood of the arcade is still there, still holding up masonry walls above it.
Now it is true that we don't see a lot of wood of these dimensions in the lumber yard these days, but we have new technologies that can give us pretty much the same thing. I think that holding up a brick building for eight hundred years is pretty impressive.