About Us

Combining Art & Craftsmanship Since 1999

RS Welding Studio is a family-owned business selling products handcrafted in the Heartland.

The products are selected with quality, durability and value in mind.

Our Story

It all started prior to 1999, when Randy started selling hay to an Amish family from the Jessup area. Before long, Randy was traveling to Des Moines a few Saturday mornings, selling Amish-made outdoor lawn furniture at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market. He even opened a storefront in Victor (Amish Creations) where he sold a variety of Amish-made indoor and outdoor furniture. Randy had the owner of the local flower shop call him when he had the occasional customer.

It all changed in November 1999, when Randy married Amy Jo “AJ,” a Kansas farm girl turned Kansas City Legal Recruiter. What was she going to do for employment in Victor, Iowa? The summer of 2000, RS Lawn Furniture was born. In 2001, Randy and AJ started incorporating yard art made in Mexico, and the business name changed to RS Lawn Furniture & More. As AJ’s dad always told her, “be friends with your competitors.” In 2003, while attending a show in Cedar Rapids, Randy and AJ met Ben and Donna Haddox, from South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and a partnership was formed. Randy and Ben worked together welding products created right here in the Midwest, Ben in Oklahoma and Randy in Iowa. Ben and Donna retired at the end of 2012. Randy and AJ are forever grateful for this relationship with the Haddox family.

In 2009, our name changed to RS Welding Studio. A new building was constructed here on the farm—a great improvement from the old machine shed Randy had been welding in. Another improvement was the purchase of a CNC plasma table in 2012. AJ filled out the plethora of forms to get RS Welding Studio licensed with Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, Drake and her beloved KSU Wildcats.

Currently RS Welding Studio has three employees, Emily,  Brent and Haley, along with Randy and AJ. Open year round, our retail showroom is located on our family farm. We are easy to find—just one mile north of Exit 205 on I-80 (approximately 1 hour east of Des Moines).

Our Story

It all started prior to 1999, when Randy started selling hay to an Amish family from the Jessup area. Before long, Randy was traveling to Des Moines a few Saturday mornings, selling Amish-made outdoor lawn furniture at the Des Moines Farmers’ Market. He even opened a storefront in Victor (Amish Creations) where he sold a variety of Amish-made indoor and outdoor furniture. Randy had the owner of the local flower shop call him when he had the occasional customer.

It all changed in November 1999, when Randy married Amy Jo “AJ,” a Kansas farm girl turned Kansas City Legal Recruiter. What was she going to do for employment in Victor, Iowa? The summer of 2000, RS Lawn Furniture was born. In 2001, Randy and AJ started incorporating yard art made in Mexico, and the business name changed to RS Lawn Furniture & More. As AJ’s dad always told her, “be friends with your competitors.” In 2003, while attending a show in Cedar Rapids, Randy and AJ met Ben and Donna Haddox, from South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and a partnership was formed. Yep, kinda like that family thing. Randy and Ben worked together welding products created right here in the Midwest, Ben in Oklahoma and Randy in Iowa. Ben and Donna retired at the end of 2012.

In 2009, our name changed to RS Welding Studio. A new building was constructed here on the farm—a great improvement from he old machine shed Randy had been welding in. Another improvement was the purchase of a CNC plasma table in 2012. AJ filled out the plethora of forms to get RS Welding Studio licensed with Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, Drake and her beloved KSU Wildcats. Later the North Dakota Bison were added to the roster.

Currently RS Welding Studio has three employees, Emily Brent and Haley, along with Randy and AJ. Open year round, our retail showroom is located on our family farm. We are easy to find—just one mile north of Exit 205 on I-80 (approximately 1 hour east of Des Moines).

Randy Schnebbe

Randy & AJ SchnebbeRandy grew up on a farm near the Amana Colonies. After graduating from Williamsburg High School, he attended Iowa State University, enrolled in the Farm Operations Program. After college, Randy moved to his grandmother’s farmstead outside Victor, and began farming with row crops, cattle and hogs.

Randy has that entrepreneurial spirit, always trying new things. He went from full-time farmer, sold his hogs and cattle, and became a part-time farmer and metal artist. Randy has an awesome imagination and creative mind. He has an amazing knack for detail.

 

Ken Root, former Farm Broadcaster at WHO Radio titled Randy as “The Grant Wood of Yard Art.”

Amy Jo “AJ”

Amy Jo (AJ) grew up in southeast Kansas on her family dairy farm. She graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Agricultural Economics and spent the first 13+ years as recruiter, first employed with Kansas State University and then 12 years with the law firm of Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, downtown Kansas City. In September, 1998, through a mutual friend, AJ met Randy (aka Mr. Darling). On a warm sunny day, November 13, 1999, Randy & AJ were married in Victor, Iowa and their journey as a married couple and business partners began.

With a shared knowledge and value of hard work and born with entrepreneurial spirits, it was inevitable that Randy and AJ would create a business at some point. RS Lawn Furniture was created in May 2000. Pinned to a bulletin board in AJ’s office is a daily reminder from her dad, “Risk is the price you pay for the opportunity to be successful.” Twenty years later, AJ’s perfect day is listening to hymns quietly on her computer while doing the day-to-day business from her home office.

Brent

Brent’s perfect weekend is on his Harley and ending the night either dancing, or enjoying a great glass of red wine with friends.

Haley

What I like most about work…

I have a great relationship with my fellow co-workers, and we can always voice our opinion about what could work or not work on a project. Also, we get to bring out our creative side and try to put our own twist on items—nothing is ever exactly the same.

Something most people don’t know about me…

I traveled to Europe to sing for the Iowa Ambassadors of Music. But I have terrible stage fright!

Favorite hobby or fun thing to do…

I enjoy being around my children and husband, but when I get free time, I love to go bowling, singing and traveling.

Emily

What I like most about work…

The flexibility and family-like atmosphere, the unpredictability (can start one day at one end of the spectrum and end the day at the complete opposite) and of course, my co-workers.

Something most people don’t know about me…

That I’m a welder! Haha! Girls can do that?! ;P

Favorite hobby or fun thing to do…

Favorite hobby is coyote hunting. All time favorite thing to do is spend my free time with family and close friends.