The Walter Cordes family purchased their 1967 wooden Lyman from Cleveland, Ohio, in 2012 and restored her in the summer of 2013. Their son Walt Cordes of Wyoming, Ohio, took the lead and coordinated all of the restoration and performed a majority of the work. New mahogany decking was installed and much of her finish work restored to like new condition using the appropriate period materials and finishes. Most materials (and free technical advice) for the restoration were acquired from the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. BLACKBIRD was re-commissioned in August of 2013 (the grandchildren renamed her “BLACKBIRD”, having been purchased as “MISCHIEF MAKER”) and entered her into the Les Cheneaux Antique Boat Show; they did not win a class, but turned quite a few heads.
Her home is their vacation lake house in the Les Cheneaux Islands where BLACKBIRD enjoys a four season berth in a restored crib boathouse. Thank you Walt Cordes for taking the initiative in restoring this wonderful craft!