Once in a great while you can come up with a pattern you like the very first time, but frankly, chances are not in your favor. We’ve been there. We developed our patterns over the years and offer them so that you can get started right away rather than having to go through the process of developing your own. Decoys made from these patterns work, in the field and in competition.
Eiders are the largest of our coastal ducks, and these decoys are quite time-consuming to make. There is a lot of work in the head and even more in the deeply contoured body, but as is so often the case, done right, it is well worth the effort. The heads of the males and females differ slightly, and both are shown on the pattern and in the photo at the top of the page.
It has been said, rightly, that Eiders are as demanding to paint as they are to carve. Of course, hunting decoys only require simple painting. If you are going for a decorative, on the other hand, count on spending quite a bit more time. Here are closeups of what we mean...
Both this male and female are decorative slicks, with virtually all details painted on a smooth surface. And this very same pattern can be used to produce fully detailed realistics, where the colors aren't applied until feather details have been incised by burning or grinding.