Well, actually, there is no us, just myself, but after 28 years of being in business I guess I could be considered as moderately proficient at what I do.
As the name implies, I strip and refinish furniture from antiques to modern pieces, and I also do minor repairs and caning, architectural stripping, and I sell brass hardware.
I've worked on at least 40,000-50,000 pieces over the years, so that's where I've gotten my hard won experience and knowledge from. Anyone can strip and refinish furniture, just as anyone with a saw and a hammer can become a contractor. But there is knowledge and there is knowledge, and the second takes years to acquire.
Yes, I can do plumbing when I need to, but having seen the work a professional plumber can do, and how easily he does it, I've come to my senses and realized I have a lot more confidence in his abilities than my own abilities, and I appreciate his skills.
At various times, I've written articles for trade magazines, created and edited my own on-line trade magazine, and created and operated a forum for hundreds of other refinishing shops. All of which I finally tired of doing because of the time investment.
There are a lot of things I don't do, but there aren't many things I don't know about this business.