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.
This pattern is of a generic shorebird, the size of a Sandpiper–hereabouts they are called peeps. There seem to be scores of different species, all with nearly the same anatomy but each with their own coloration. This pattern is actually included in the Appendix of Basic Decoy Carving, and is used as a training aid. The one at the top of this page is carved of pine and finished bright. Of course you dress him up with some feathering, and he looks a whole lot different. The key, of course, is getting the anatomy right, and that's where a good pattern is invaluable. We also offer a Shorebird Starter Kit that includes the cutout and this pattern.