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. The Alert Shorebird Kit and the Bufflehead Kit are used as examples in our book, Basic Decoy Carving...so to really get a beginning carver headed in the right direction, you'll want to order the kit(s) together with the book.
The other reason you might want to order a kit is because if you don't have access to materials needed or the bandsaw used to cut your decoy. In that case, you can have the material–wood or cork, eyes, keel, ballast and fastenings–with the head and body block all sawed out and ready to carve.
Same Sandpiper, different pose. This little guy makes a very interesting carving project, and gives you a real feel for the bird's anatomy. These have been very popular in our gallery for years. How far wrong can you go for $15?