Custom tree stump furniture by Matt Kruse of Murphy, NC

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About IngrainedElegance

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On Etsy since 2012

Custom designed high end tree stump furnishings and art with exceptional service.

Welcome to my shop!
I’m Matt Kruse, the sole artisan and owner of Ingrained Elegance. My business name represents the hidden beauty and complex designs found in unearthed wood. Tons of compression produce mesmerizing grain patterns of a neglected elegance in tree stumps. Located in the Smoky Mountains of far Western North Carolina near Murphy, I have found a perfect setting for rescuing stumps and uncovering their hidden beauty.

I have loved wood working from my youth. After years of experimenting with the challenge of kiln drying tree stumps, I feel I have found my place in working to provide unique and elegant furnishings that are heir loom quality. To understand a little about the process please see my website

I delight in working on custom projects. Attention to detail and fully satisfying my customer with a beautiful conversation piece is my objective. Natural oil finishes are my favorite as they reveal the true beauty of the wood. I use a 3 process oiling to protect and produce a piece that will be easy for you to maintain and keep beautiful. No shortcuts. Types of projects? Dining, conference, coffee, and end tables. Breakfast nooks / pedestal sinks / lamps / mantle art / wall art and more.

How does it work?
Use Etsy conversation to inquire about a custom project. I can then send you pictures of kiln dried stumps that fit your dimensions and description. I work to help you in choosing the right piece for your needs. After the start of a project, I send email and photo's each week to keep you fully on board and for you to enjoy the process of the making of your custom heir loom piece.

Thank you for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Matt Kruse
Ingrained Elegance

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Mass production is not my goal, but rather exceptional quality and uniqueness.
I am the sole artisan of my shop and am committed to your satisfaction. If you are a person who is detail oriented, then you will appreciate my work.
Custom projects receive weekly updates and photo's to keep you on board and to allow you to experience the project through its phases. Enjoy the journey!
Matt Kruse
Ingrained Elegance

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If for any reason you are not satisfied, please correspond with me using Etsy conversation and I will work hard to make matters right with you.

If you wish to return an item, please use the same packaging. You would cover the cost of shipping and insurance. Return of payment for the item will be through Etsy. Item must be returned within 15 days.

Custom items may be returned in the same manner, however the 50% deposit to begin a project is non refundable. Customer may opt to use the non refundable deposit towards another project.
Policies are as guided by Etsy. I accept paypal or Etsy direct checkout.
If you desire another means, please correspond this using Etsy conversation.
Custom or commission work begins with a 50% non-refundable deposit. Final payment is due at the completion of the project (with your satisfaction).
Free shipping

I currently use FedEx Ground / Home Delivery.

Larger items are sent in a crated pallet by FedEx Freight to a business with a dock. If home delivery is preferred, contact me for the additional FedEx fees.

Tracking numbers will be emailed to you as soon as it is sent.
Additional policies and FAQs
I have found that wood can change with time. Both color and in cracking. These can be due to environment (humidity / exposure to sun) as well as application of an inappropriate finish. Lack of maintenance (ie. failure to reapply oil) can also affect a piece of wood.

Although the pieces I sell have been thoroughly kiln dried and heated to eliminate insects / molds / and fungus, changes in quality or color due to environmental situations and care beyond my control could happen.

That being said you should be able to enjoy many years of a high quality item with reasonable care. Care instructions are included in your package.

I am happy to answer any maintenance questions!
Any information provided is strictly for the purpose of processing payment and shipping. I do not share your info.

On certain sold items, I use your first name only as the buyer. Example - “This item sold to Chris as a foyer conversation piece, but I would be happy to make one similar!” Or, “Sorry - this piece SOLD to Pamela”.