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. To really get a beginning carver headed in the right direction, you'll want to order the kit(s) together with Basic Decoy Carving.
After decoys have been out on Seal Island all season working in Audubon's seabird restoration program here in the Gulf of Maine, they come back ashore nicked, dinged, worn, and usually checked from alternate exposure to sun and salt spray. Using the very same pattern we use when making the working decoys that go out on the island every Spring, you can create your own "instant antique". It comes with a checked cedar body block cutout, pine bill, driftwood stand and instructions.