I am like everyone else, leery of ordering something expensive over the internet sight unseen. Of course I did a lot or research before ordering. One of the advantages I had is I served in the military in Pennsylvania and was familiar with the quality of the Amish made furniture. These chair, stools and tables are a good representation of that quality. I was raised in a family of carpenters and am very familiar with wood. This wood is of excellent quality and all the furniture is very well made and assembled. Of course the furniture comes needing assembly as they have to disassemble it to ship it. The instructions to assemble it were very clear. It took a couple of hours to put the first chair together because we had to go slowly to make sure we did it right but only took 45 minutes to do the second one. I am built like a pro football linebacker and weigh about 270 pounds but I felt very secure and comfortable sitting in these chairs. I would highly recommend these chairs to my family and friends.