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.
We have made a lot of puffin decoys over the years, and this is the very same pattern developed when we made the first ones for the Audubon Seal Island Project here in the Gulf of Maine. The only difference between this kit and our Antique Puffin kit is the type of body block. It comes with a laminated body cutout, pine bill, driftwood stand and instructions.
Virtually all of our decoys are laminated these days. Why a laminated block? 'Fair question. The answer is that thick pieces are notorious for hiding defects, and all too often even a body block that is cut to shape will be concealing an internal defect that doesn't make itself known until the carving is well under way. Nobody needs that aggravation. We're boatbuilders, and use a lot of 4/4 cedar and pine. That also means there are high quality pieces of 4/4 stock that we can turn into decoys. Stock that is only an inch thick isn't going to be concealing anything of consequence, so we use it for our decoys too. With this kit, we're just making the same stock available to fellow carvers.