The Man and Nature Table in Ash Innovation Some of Broun’s designs have a timeless qual- ity whilst others express the era in which they were conceived. Each piece has something new to say about material, technique, form or function. There is often a deliberate expression of the tool such as the textured edge of the Man and Nature Table created with a bandsaw. The ta- ble was made from an ash tree given by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from The Great Storm of 1987. Broun’s jointing techniques are often unique as in this example the secret joints connecting the table members give the illusion of separate standalone components.