Posted November 21st, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Mike and Molly have been coming to Tanglewood for over 15 years to create the home of their dreams. From extraordinary conservatories and skylights to carefully crafted window walls and nooks, they have created a legacy; a reflection of their passion for art, gardening, and animals.
Molly’s latest vision was to transform the staircase leading to their bedroom into a well lit area with beautifully stained glass windows.
“They are the best team we’ve ever worked with! Thank you so much for making this happen, the windows are SPECTACTULAR!”
Watch the progression from design to installation.
Posted November 5th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Why is President, Alan Stein, speaking out about business and workforce development?
“Over the years, as Tanglewood has grown, the organizational structure of our team has not always kept up with our growth. If you’ve ever started or owned a company, you might recognize these growth signs…
Our bookkeeper… jumped in to take on HR… then safety… not because it was her job, but because she was there!” This haphazard approach to organizational planning held us back until we started to use a ‘Clean Sheet’ approach to building THE RIGHT team for our business.
It has allowed us to build many more beautiful, light-filled conservatories for the people we serve!”
Alan recently spoke at the 2019
Manufacturing Innovation Conference with Steve Lantz of MD MEP on a ‘Clean
Sheet’ approach to organizational development.
According to Steve, “as companies grow, they are often not positioned to support the long term growth of the organization. Throughout the growth process, different maturity points require an evaluation of the organization, the positions within the organization and the people and talent required to fill those roles.” Alan spoke about how Tanglewood used the “Clean Sheet” process to identify the positions and tasks required to support the organization moving forward.
He also spoke about how it’s important to ensure that employees are happy to fill in these new roles that are naturally created and aren’t forced into them without having a say. If you need a member of your team to move from HR to safety then ask if they will be content and motivated in the new role and would prefer to be there rather than their old role. These are important questions to ask employees to ensure the business continues to do well and have a good retention rate.
We are excited about the opportunities for our clients and team members as we continue to grow! We have some great projects coming up. See what else is happening within Tanglewood!
This Palm House is an elegant creation from another time – the 19th Century. Inside, full size palm trees and a seating area with a grand fireplace will create an oasis for mental, physical, and spiritual health.
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“It began as a flat glass plane in a starburst shape and then we separated it into a cluster of stars as if they were in a constellation. Then we decided to raise it up into a three dimensional form with undulating planes of glass…”
Imagine… an effortless merge between inside and outside…
Posted May 23rd, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Why people love greenhouses is no
secret. The atmosphere is an oasis for our mental, physical, and spiritual
But how do we make the greenhouse
grow systems as beautiful as the greenhouse?
The Palm House
“In my 24 years designing for Tanglewood, this project is one of my favorites and most enjoyable. Hearing their expectations about the space and complete trust in our design is inspiring and encouraging.”
Tanglewood Senior Designer
The family envisioned a Classical style Palm House to serve as an entertaining space not only for plants but friends and family. At approximately 1,500 square feet, this large greenhouse will be made of mahogany and steel with decorative accents, cast iron pilasters, curved insulated glass, and complete with greenhouse grow systems!
“For many years I lived and was educated in a Mediterranean country so it did not take long for me to envision the style she was looking for. As we reviewed early conceptual drawings with her we received nothing but positive feedback. Oddly enough, the whole concept was developed around a single window…”
Tanglewood Senior Designer
One of the challenges we faced
during the design process was making the grow systems beautiful. Prior to the
Palm House, we had built a living plant wall for a client that hid the systems completely! But
for this design we needed a very elegant solution to complement the overall
developed the idea of a Head House…
Architecturally, head houses have
served numerous purposes for greenhouses; they have been used as decorative
solutions utility spaces, storage spaces, and even restrooms! For this project,
we needed the head house to also function as the entrance way.
Its classical Mediterranean
style combines steel and mahogany to maximize the amount of sunlight inside.
The light and airy feel is perfect for gatherings with family and friends. Inside,
the atmosphere is tropical, with sounds of water from the fountain falling
quietly in the background.
As the project enters production,
stay in touch to see what it looks like when it’s built!
Are you are dreaming about growing
year-round? Talk with our team today!
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Have you heard AMP in the news?
To celebrate those in the manufacturing industry advocating for its growth in Maryland, each year the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) recognizes several companies across the state of Maryland doing amazing things in the manufacturing industry in areas such as STEM Student Achievement and Recruitment, Innovation, and Community Engagements.
A blend of training in modern manufacturing process-driven thinking and the Life Success Skills that employer’s need, the AMP program relies on industry partner companies to deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to project based learning that brings real-world experience into the classroom.
On Thursday night at Martin’s West, RMI’s 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Awards ceremony drew over 600 stakeholders from around the State. The evening awards program touched on the themes of togetherness and family as we celebrated a variety of different leaders from young students to business executives.
Champions received their awards and also saw their Champions features in the newly published 2018 Champions Yearbook. Many Champion companies brought their respective teams of employees to the event to share the celebration. It was obvious that all had a very good time.
There were many poignant moments, from the embracement of the attending employees from GM Baltimore Operations to Suzy Ganz and Mike Galiazzo’s tribute to Aris Melissaratos as the 2018 Grand Champions of Maryland Manufacturing. Aris received a beautiful glass- blown bowl, see below, created with Maryland colors infused throughout, from Baltimore’s Magma Build Studios.
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Can an unfinished construction site be merchandised to inspire the buyer with its possibilities?
This unfinished 16,800 Sq. Ft. Grosse Ile, MI Manor with a spectacular Tanglewood Conservatory listed for $29M
This expansive 16,800 square foot Manor Home sitting just across the street from the Detroit River in Gross Ile, Michigan has hit the real estate market priced at $29,000,000. According to Sotheby’s International Realty, “one of the home’s most intriguing spaces is the 300 foot cast iron and glass Tanglewood Conservatory which comes prepped for a pool and cascading waterfall”.
The home has been sitting unfinished awaiting the right buyer to complete its old world grandeur. Among it many features are a five car garage, 8 bedrooms, 9 fireplaces, 8 bathrooms, 9 bathrooms, and marble and limestone details throughout the home. The Tanglewood Conservatory features numerous stained glass windows designed by architect M. Selman, beautiful steel and cast iron and custom copper work throughout.
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A Message from Rawlings Conservatory:
The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore is 130 years old this year and it will celebrate its birthday in style this December. Built in 1888, the Conservatory is the second oldest glass house in the United States.
To celebrate, the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory are hosting
“A Glistening Winter’s Evening in Baltimore’s Glass Palace”
Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 PM
The party will be set amid hundreds of flowers in the annual holiday poinsettia show, with a spectacular variety of poinsettias of all colors. The event will feature crafted cocktails, festive hors d’oeuvres and live jazz.
The party begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person, available through the Conservatory’s website.
The Conservatory’s annual Holiday Poinsettia Show runs Dec. 1 to 30. Poinsettias, including many unusual varieties and colors, will be for sale throughout the show. No longer is red the main attraction, we have orange, pink with splashes of white, and variegated as well. The gift shop is also well-stocked with books, cards, and house plants.
Visit with Santa! On Dec. 2, visitors can meet Santa from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The conservatory will host an Orchid Show with the Maryland Orchid Society, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday, January 11 – 13. Admission is free, $5 donation appreciated.
The orchid – the largest and most diverse flowering plant family on earth, loved for its unmatched exotic beauty – will be in the spotlight. The Conservatory, in partnership with the Maryland Orchid Society (MOS) is hosting the show exhibiting MOS members’ prize-winning plants. Meet with the Conservatory’s Orchid Specialist Friday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information about events, the conservatory, and more visit
Posted October 31st, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Have you witnessed the magnificent new Temperate House at Kew?
If not, this is a must see world wonder. It is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world at twice the size of its more famous sister, the great Palmhouse at Kew. Designed by Decimus Burton, who also designed the Palm House, construction began in 1860 and soon after opened to the public in 1863.
It houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world, and an internationally important collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened.
“The conservatories at Kew Gardens are an essential and fascinating chapter in the story of conservatories throughout the world.”
We visited the newly renovated conservatory shortly after completion of its five year, £41m restoration and met with Richard Barley, MCIHort, FLS, Director of Horticulture, Learning & Operations at Kew.
Our mission – to photographically capture what makes this 155 year old Grand Dame so uniquefor our upcoming book published by Princeton Architectural Press “Conservatories of the Nineteenth Century and Beyond”.
Why? – To provide inspiration for conservatory designers and enthusiasts around the world.
Next… What truly makes this 155 year old Grand Dame so unique?
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Imagine… changing the lives of students, teachers, business leaders and an entire community…
Students of the Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) program dream of becoming a Master Craftsperson. One student’s passion for working with his hands led to a summer internship at Tanglewood.
Throughout his internship, he experienced woodworking, metalwork, handling glass, painting, construction, and CNC machining, while helping craft Tanglewood’s luxury conservatories.
“He is a wonderful asset to our team. He has a great outlook and attitude. The students in the AMP program learn what we call “Discovery Development”; how to take ownership, think like a business owner and be coachable. We are excited and look forward to having him back in the Spring.”
Alan Stein, Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture
A Program of Opportunity
Working alongside and learning from local industry professionals, students are currently designing and constructing a Cajon while preparing to take their Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certification; a nationally recognized industry program for advanced manufacturing professionals. The Cajón is the most popular and widely used Afro-Peruvian musical instrument for the last 200 years and is now used not only in Cuban and Peruvian music but by folk musicians, Flamenco musicians, acoustic groups, street musicians (buskers) and increasingly, professional mainstream artists. Students went all out on this project! The intricate detailing of this Cajon will test their skills.
By the end of the semester, students will pursue internships with local businesses specialized in the trades.
To follow the AMP students’ progress, subscribe to their newsletter HERE.
AMP is just one of the many ways Tanglewood is giving back to our community and passing on our skills to the next generation. The program’s advanced approach to project-based learning fused with personal development is preparing students well in advance to walk into well-paying jobs and good benefits right out of high school.
To support our youth in discovering their life vision and passions through advanced manufacturing and woodworking, donate here.
Tanglewood, Untangled Minds, and the AMP program are proud partners with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Caroline County Public Schools, and several industry partners across Maryland’s Eastern Shore