This was the first time I'd ever caned a chair. It wasn't hard... just took a little time. The directions are simple to follow. The product is excellent quality. The only problem I had was that I had to double up on the spline b/c it wasn't wide enough to fill the gap. However, after doing that, it is perfect (in my eyes)! But, I guess every chair is different with the way it was made... back then!