One of the best ways to get started making decoys is with a kit. We don't sell kits for all sorts of birds, just a select few to get a beginner headed in the right direction. This kit plus the Shorebird Kit and the Bufflehead Kit are used as examples in our book, Basic Decoy Carving...so to really get a beginning carver headed in the right direction, you'll want to order the kit(s) together with the book.
The other reason you might want to order a kit is because if you don't have access to materials needed or the bandsaw used to cut your decoy. In that case, you can have the material–wood or cork, eyes, keel, ballast and fastenings–with the head and body block all sawed out and ready to carve.
This is our basic kit. The little Sandpiper is a very uncomplicated shape. The body is pine and is readily carved with a pocket knife. This kit includes all of the parts plus an instruction page. You supply the ambition.