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.
Harlequins are not common along this portion of the Maine Coast, so when a pair arrives, they attract considerable attention. Such was the case in Belfast Harbor not long ago. They are quite an easy decoy to carve, but a challenge to paint–not so much the detailing, but getting that dark slate blue base color and the chestnut color of the flanks mixed right. If you take your time and pay attention to detail, the look of your completed decoy will be well worth the effort. This is what the pattern looks like, though of course it is drawn lifesize.