What’s All The AMP About?

Posted January 25th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Imagine being a student that loves going to class…

It’s hard isn’t it? For some of us growing up, high school was nothing more than just a place you go to hang out with friends and learn things you’ll never use once you graduate. But for the students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Production (AMP) Program, going to class is much more than sitting and listening, barely paying attention; it’s about putting your mind, creativity, and craftsmanship to the test while learning practical skills that translate to real jobs after high school.

If you were to walk into our event this past week, you would have seen a group of students passionate about making the most of their skills, and excited to start building their dreams (literally and figuratively) in the coming week. At Tanglewood, we improve our community by partnering with Caroline County Public Schools and local businesses to give students a chance to discover what drives their passion and build a career that is satisfying and will provide financial stability in an economy where university degrees aren’t always worth what they used to be. By giving students who are gifted in working with their hands an opportunity to pursue and develop their talents, we hope to prepare them to not only contribute to the economy of our community, but more importantly, to empower them to do what they love.

An important aspect of this event was giving the parents, faculty, and participating businesses a chance to interact and get excited about the coming year. And it was a big hit! One parent even said,

“For those who didn’t attend it was a missed opportunity…this program is really going to change our community and children in a great way”

And we agree. Being able to partner with several other businesses based on quality hand-made craftsmanship with an emphasis on creating a strong sense of community is a privilege and wonderful opportunity to pass on our skills to the next generation of artists and craftsmen.

 

PRS Guitars

Hinckley Yachts

Winchester Construction

Combined Technology Solutions

REC Inc.

Warrens Wood Works

MD Plastics

Dart Container

Dixon Valve & Coupling

 

The world is changing, and it’s up to us to make sure students are prepared to take on the new challenges. Another parent described best why we participate in this program,

“WOW – the event was a hit! The attendance was great, and the students are genuinely excited about what opportunities there are when they graduate the program”.

 

We hope to inspire this feeling in every student we work with this year! When asked about the event, Tanglewood Conservatories Co-founder, Nancy Virts summed up the event perfectly when she stated,

“It really felt like a community tonight. Even though we all produce very different products, we are all working toward the same goal. It was great to see everyone and getting to know the businesses right in our backyard.”

 

To learn more about the AMP Program, the Untangled Minds Foundation, and how you can get involved visit https://www.untangledminds.org/ and https://www.carolinebusiness.com/workforce/#cctc or join us at our next event so that we can continue to support the community and provide opportunities for growth for all of our students!

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Imagine… Living Under Glass: Client Stories

Posted January 18th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Get Inspired
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Do you ever wonder what it’s like living under glass?

We design and craft rooms that change the way we live our lives so we like to stay connected with our clients and see how they are living in their new GLASS ENCLOSURES.

In December 2017, two families celebrated the first-year anniversaries of the completion of their conservatory projects – a cozy nook for one and an enclosed walkway for another.

So we asked them, “What has it been like living in your conservatory this past year?”

 

A BLAST!

Details:

  • 270 square feet
  • Made with Sapele Mahogany
  • Inspired by a tiny glass jewel in the suburbs

The homeowners of this conservatory nook live in the mountains of North Carolina where they love the outdoors but not the cold that comes with it.

Originally the space was occupied with a canvas-covered sun room connected to the back of the main house but they dreamed of an enclosure CRAFTED IN ELEGANCE and could withstand the harsh cold of North Carolina without the accompanying ‘heavy’ structure – a true conservatory.

Inspired by an original Garden Greenhouse design; they said it was the “perfect fit” for their lifestyle. Sure enough, a year later they are MORE IN LOVE with the room! They use it for everything from reading to hosting formal gatherings; recently they told us they hosted their State’s governor at their house party!

He said “People notice it … They just open their mouths and say ‘Wow!’”

 

The Conservatory Walkway

Details:

  • 176 square feet
  • One continuous solid roof with copper roofing panels
  • An elegant cupola with beautiful white ridge cresting
  • White paint grade on the exterior and stain grade on the interior
  • Made with Sapele Mahogany

One of the joys of living under glass is it allows the outside in – day and night. Stargazing is often one of the many reasons families invest in glass architecture; it becomes a part of their LIFESTYLE, their SAFE HAVEN, and a place to unwind and enjoy nature in its truest form.

This CONSERVATORY WALKWAY in Illinois is no different. From inside, natural light dances around the room while the cupola exposes you to nature’s beauty.

Now, a year later, the family reports…

“Everything’s great … the conservatory is beautiful and I LOVE the awning windows ….”

Their project architect, Tom Lybrook with Konstant Architecture and Planning, concurs with her enthusiasm. He remarks that he enjoyed the collaboration with Tanglewood, particularly since the walkway project was a replacement for a project that a competitor had completed 10 years prior.

As Tom observes, “The design collaboration [with Tanglewood] went well”. He hopes that the walkway will last a long time, and he is encouraged by several other Tanglewood projects that have stood the test of time.

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 “The Conservatory Lifestyle”

Your conservatory, greenhouse, pool enclosure, or skylight is like a marriage. All elements blend together seamlessly in a way that makes you fall deeper in love. It changes the way we live our lives.

What will your lifestyle be like?

To get started on your project call Jennifer Beletsky at 410-479-4700 or contact us online and we will respond promptly!

Do you live a Conservatory Lifestyle?

Posted January 11th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Get Inspired
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Imagine… walking into your conservatory with décor CUSTOM MADE to express your inner passions… your vision… your lifestyle. From outside, the natural surroundings playfully interact with your décor to create a scene you expect to only see in paintings.

A fine conservatory is more than just an addition to a home; it creates a lifestyle that people love.

Finding the right style and function to fit your unique room can be challenging. Don’t buy ordinary… design décor fit for EXTRAORDINARY. What would you design?

Practical pieces designed with everyday use in mind… or art that is not only functional but highlights the beauty of your life, style, and conservatory.

 

An Artist’s Conservatory Lifestyle

Take a look at a past client’s story… She partnered with Invictus Steelworks to design a one-of-a-kind piece fit for her conservatory lifestyle.

As an artist, and former client of Tanglewood Conservatories, Molly is wonderful at expressing herself and her ideas. She can make use of her vivid imagination and communicates these moments of inspiration to guide her vision. When creating her conservatory, Molly was deeply involved in the process, participating in every step.  She even went so far as to design the floor to a sunroom which we worked with her to renovate and bring new life. This made the transition to working with Robert and Beth (co-founders of Invictus Steelworks) a smooth and productive process. Molly had her conservatory, but needed to design the perfect table to represent her creative spirit. Robert was up for the task and they began brainstorming right away.

According to Robert, “The best part about a project is having a homeowner that is involved in the process.”

From the first moment working with Robert, he provides an experience customized to each different client he works with. From the beginning, HAND-DRAWN SKETCHES are created, and the ideas are fleshed out. Eventually, after careful consideration and experimentation, these sketches from Robert are transformed into a product that comes directly from the client’s own ethos, into the real world. Molly was able to participate in the “Invictus Experience” and developed a personal relationship with Robert and Beth. This dedication and ability to come together ended with the perfect table for Molly. One that highlights her creativity, love, and hard work, and provides not only a place to gather, but at the same time represents the passion of the artisans that brought her conservatory and décor to life. Now, this custom table sits in front of a Tanglewood custom designed stained-glass window, overlooking a garden which Molly tends herself. And she can sit as curious creatures scurry across her lawn, and feel satisfied that within the table is a piece her own spirit.

So what’s your conservatory lifestyle?

Whether it’s a conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure, these rooms transform the way we live our lives…. You want nothing short of a unique, one-of-a-kind custom room – so why furnish it with ordinary furniture?

Contact Invictus Steelworks and start designing your custom furniture today! | 801 605 8082

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Why buy ordinary?

Posted January 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, General, Uncategorized
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The Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City is just around the corner! This exciting opportunity is a must attend event for art enthusiasts, interior designers, and families looking for the perfect piece of functional art for their home. Creativity is on full-display from artists and craftspeople of all types, but one of our favorites is Invictus Steelworks. Truly one of a kind;  it can be the perfect décor for your conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure.

 

A one-of-a-kind, custom piece for your one-of-a-kind, custom room.

In their profile on the design show’s website, Robert Simmons (co-founder and artist), chose to include a piece from the beautiful poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, which demonstrates the fundamental motivation of Robert and his wife Beth (co-founder):

“It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”

It is clear by the quality of Robert’s work, and passion with which he and Beth partner with their clients, that these words ring true and can be seen in every piece of functional art Robert creates. Since in 2015, Robert and Beth have worked together to build Invictus Steelworks into not only a place to buy high quality décor, furniture, and gazebos, but also an opportunity to participate in an experience solely focused on the client’s needs. As the sole designer and fabricator, Robert serves as a guide to explore their imagination to design the perfect piece for their home, office,  or commercial project; he is a true artesian.

 

Starting as a welder apprenticing with a sculptor, Robert discovered the beauty that can be found in a light, unique design, and went on to create works of art that were displayed around the country. As he and Beth continued to grow Invictus Steelworks, they realized that functional art was the future for their business because it gave them the wonderful opportunity to work more closely with clients to satisfy their exact needs, and to build personal, hands on relationships. To make this happen, Robert often must think “outside of the box”.

Drawing on examples from historical designs and craftsmanship, much like Tanglewood, Robert absorbs these ideas and uses them for inspiration to push boundaries and experiment with concepts and ideas to improve his craft and provide the perfect complement to the client’s unique environment. Starting from a simple, hand-drawn sketch, you work directly with Robert and Beth to develop a concept, view several perspectives, and become an active participant in every stage of creation, almost as if you are creating the art and merely guiding Robert’s experienced hand in bringing your concepts to life. It is this commitment to craftsmanship and dedication to you that makes Invictus Steelworks stand out to us. We are passionate about creating beautiful works of art from historic inspiration and bringing our client’s outward expressions of their inner vision to life.

 

Take a stroll through some of their work. And please, do yourself a favor – check out their amazing work in person at the Architectural Digest Design Show (Booth M802) from March 22nd-25th, 2018!

 

Contact Tanglewood | 410 479 4700 | Contact Invictus Steelworks | 801 605 8082