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He used to work in his father's saw mill but now the furniture maker will only use trees that have died naturally. "I can't be too airy-fairy about it, being a saw miller's son, but better to leave a tree as it is when I can use the trees that had died anyway," says Elliot, who works in elm. "Dutch Elm disease has killed many of the trees but doesn't affect the timber itself."