Ten Works (formerly Station 10 Studios) is a growing custom fabrication company in Wichita, Kansas that focuses on delivering excellence in custom metal and fine woodworking, hand-painted signage, and decorative art.
While we are excited to work on any type of project, our customers are typically: food/beverage, hospitality and residential. Projects that we work on include multi-piece installations, as well as one-off custom requests. From custom furniture and metal lettering to staircases and rails, we provide solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations.
A person inspired, who possesses determination and is provided access to the proper tools, can change the world.
Nick Anneler purchased decommissioned Fire Station 10 in Wichita, Kansas in 2011. Having little metal working experience, he began tinkering in the oversized garage. Inspired by the work of northwest based architect Tom Kundig, and introduced to welding by his uncle, Nick quickly became consumed in learning and honing his love and skill for fabrication. Beginning with bunk bed frames for college friends, he quickly transitioned to transforming an old locker room into an industrial loft apartment for his new wife and he to call home.
If you’ve been to @the.belmont.ks you know the atmosphere is something quite special. One of our favorite projects to date, we were honored to be a part of the team that brought it together. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight some of the bespoke fixtures we fabricated for this stunning interior.
Pt I / The Staircase
The finish, hands down. We used a forced oxidation process to allow the true color of the steel to show through, then applied a penetrating oil as a sealant. The result is a hand applied patina that carries more depth, richness, and subtle variation than simply painting the surface. This allows the color of the steel to change over time– influenced by those that interact with it. The result is a reflection of the heart of the Belmont, one committed to authenticity & realness.
Between the curved section of the railing and the varied rise runs, the spacing of the spindles had to be meticulously coordinated. It looks seamless because we expertly placed each one. We cut no corners here 😉
Carbon steel, ¾” square tube.
Meticulously blended and smoothed (no visible welds on the spindles.)
Meet our first apartment in the Firestation. I know you’ve been in this room but it’s not quite the same currently, a handful of tenants later and it’s in need of a good overhaul. But this is how it was when Nick first completed it. We had just gotten married and he made it for us while the guys from YL rented out the bigger part of the Firestation. His woodworking and metal craftsmanship were just taking shape… but he managed to create this!! Incredible. And so tiny! See my rounding tummy? That’s Magnolia, so with those stairs and that belly we didn’t get to call it home long, but it was certainly all ours. See the table? He made that, too, out of pre-planed lumber from Menards. I remember standing with him, picking out wood planks when he said, “what about one of every species?”… so we ran with it. I loved the rich dimension it gave the small space.
Just a few year down the road (5?) I’ll have to check - a guy was planning a restaurant and talking to Nick about tables. He looked at what your dad had made, and a certain table struck his interest.
That sweet little table doesn’t exist anymore. The wood warped becuase we didn’t have the tools to join the planks properly. But I ate at its cousin in Lenexa yesterday with Daddy, and I want to eat at every one of them with y’all. Who’s up for poptarts?!?...
The best part of this work is getting to create the coolest things. Or is it the look on your faces when we deliver the cool things? So hard to choose.
Our resident architect @stefanblignaut2 designed and fabricated these custom ring boxes, and we got to deliver them to the @nbcbaseball hall of fame ceremony this past weekend. Solid walnut, engraved brass, the look on their faces says it all 🤩