Myamoto Musashi in his famous Book of Five Rings has a very interesting discussion of the universal nature of strategy as he uses construction to make his point and here is discussing materials and what works best in each situation.
Since we all need to try an idea there is considerable note about card board, but also it’s fire danger, and inadequate as a lasting material.
But of the various positions laid out that which is hidden structure can be ugly but strong and inexpensive, that which is expensive but beautiful for the most exotic look. That which looks really great but will not stand up to stress, that which makes the best photo engraving and other engraving, least char etc proofgrade of course, but other sources as well?
/“The foreman carpenter must know the architectural theory of towers and temples,
and the plans of palaces, and must employ men to raise up houses. The Way of the
foreman carpenter is the same as the Way of the commander of a warrior house.^”
In the contruction of houses, choice of woods is made. Straight un-knotted timber
of good appearance is used for the revealed pillars, straight timber with small defects is
used for the inner pillars. Timber of the finest appearance, even if a little weak, is used for
the thresholds, lintels, doors, and sliding doors,’’ and so on. Good strong timber, though it
be gnarled and knotted, can always be used discreetly in construction. Timber which is
weak or knotted throughout should be used as scaffolding, and later for firewood. "/