Salvage Dawgs is a trip into a world of shrewd negotiations as Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside — co-owners of one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States, Black Dog Salvage — bid on homes and buildings condemned to be demolished. Their goal is to secure the remarkable pieces of America's past hidden inside these old structures before they are lost forever. These salvaged vintage pieces include everything from doors, windows, mantels and more. Once they are recovered, the guys sell these valuable pieces to a wide range of clients, from construction workers to high-end interior designers, who use them to restore other historical buildings and add character to newer structures.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the Izard House, a two-room cabin built in the late 1892. The team removes a box bay window in one piece. Other key finds include a Dixie Oak stove, a stairwell and old poplar wood. Mike also delivers a Victorian doorway to be used in a log cabin.
Mike, Robert and the Black Dog crew salvage the Washington Mill, an old cotton mill from the late 1800s. Key finds include wooden louvers, open wire baskets and an old barber chair. Mike and Ted also make a couch from an old bathtub.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the Robert E.Lee Hotel, a six-story luxury hotel built in 1926 in Lexington, Va. Key finds include a peg leg sink, French doors and pelican urinals. Mike and his daughter build a coffee table out of a salvaged panel and wood from the Izard House. The crew also picks through a junkyard in hopes of finding salvaged goods.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the Bent Mountain Mill, a grist mill used for grinding wheat and other grains. Key finds include patina doors, mill stones and running gears. Robert buys an exercise machine from the late 1950s. Ted also makes a bar from Egyptian iron and wood.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the James House, a 5,000 square foot home built in 1893. The team removes a hand-crafted Carrara marble mantle. Other key finds include a cast iron sink, a vintage cabinet and historical glass negative pictures. Mike also makes a repurposed hall tree out of a salvaged door.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew tackle an entire city block of Victorian houses in Norfolk, VA. One of which is The Painted Lady, an old tearoom originally built in 1892 and renovated in 1997. Key items include mantles, a cupola, a large wooden bar, and a glass rack. Back at the warehouse, Mike builds a bathroom sink from a US Navy chest.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog crew salvage wood from a cabin at Smith Mountain Lake. From that wood, Mike builds a four-post bed to sell in the shop. Robert and Tay save light fixtures and a bathtub from an old house in Southwestern Virginia. Meanwhile, Mike and Ted travel to New York City to install fire doors previously salvaged from the Washington Mill.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew save parts from the former First Baptist Church in Bluefield, WV. Key finds include accordion doors, a pipe organ, and a balcony. Mike builds a kitchen pantry from an old 1950s-style refrigerator.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog crew tackle the Homestead Stables and carriage house in Hot Springs, VA. Key finds include stable doors, a carriage, trusses, and a hand-operated carriage elevator. Courtney assists with completing a bench that Mike made from an old headboard.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew take on extracting large and fragile stained glass windows at a church in Salisbury, NC. The guys also pick through a local piano store for some interesting finds. Back at the shop, Mike builds a bench using the back of a Chris Craft boat.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew salvage a house from the 1940's in Washington, DC. Key items include a large conservatory, bottle glass windows, and dark room supplies. Mike also builds a bar and cabinet from an old piano previously salvaged from the Homestead Stables.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew tackle an American Foursquare house from 1910 in Fairmont, WV. Key finds include huge built-in cabinets, mahogany wainscoting, and a porcelain tub. Mike also works with a local winery to create a chandelier from a wine barrel.
The Dawgs salvage the amusement park attraction, Geyser Gulch, at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo
Mike, Robert, and the rest of the team salvage the Bemis Cotton Mill in Jackson, Tenn
The guys go to North Carolina to salvage a 1950s jail. At the shop, Mike and Tay build a bar from bowling-alley flooring.
The team are in Liberty, N.C., to salvage an Aeromotor windmill. Back at the shop, Mike builds a floor lamp from recovered barn wood and iron
The team are in Bedford, Va., to salvage parts from a lodge at the Elks National Home. Back in the shop, Mike builds a swing from a recovered apple crate and upholsters cushions.
A terra-cotta silo gives the guys fits in Bedford, Va.; and Mike visits the National D-Day Memorial with Tay and Grayson
A return to Geyser Gulch at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., brings new finds, including a birdhouse, water guns and hefty frying pans. Mike builds a garden arbor out of two doors back at the warehouse
The team salvage a calliope from a riverboat in Parkersburg, W.Va., and split into teams to pick through the owner's large warehouse. At the shop, Courtney and Mike build a mirror from pieces of wall trim
The guys visit Wheeling W.Va., to salvage elements from an apartment building. Key items include arched doors, a double drainboard sink and wooden medallions. Back at the shop, Mike builds a wine-tasting table.
The team salvage a kiln from the American Viscose Plant in Roanoke, Va.; Mike and Tay team up to build custom tables for a local optometrist; and Will Farmer returns to appraise a map from 1853.
The guys visit a log cabin at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia; and Gracie takes them to a glassblowing artist to make pieces for a chandelier. Elsewhere, Robert and Ted pick through a barn
In Decatur, Ga., the crew salvages the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, rescuing arched doorways, stained glass windows and an altarpiece.
The Black Dog Salvage crew saves pieces of a house in Mt. Jackson, VA. Their main focus is on the clay-fired roof and on the oversized cornice brackets. Back in the woodshop, Mike makes a bench from an old dresser.
The Black Dog crew salvages St. Mary's Church rectory in Chillicothe, OH. Key items include cast-iron mantles, a large built-in cabinet, and a stained-glass front doorway. Back at the shop, Tay and his dad work together to make a truck from a Volkswagen bus.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog crew salvage an early 1800s farmhouse in Mt. Jackson, VA. Key items include pocket doors, a primitive armoire, and heart pine flooring. Grayson brings a new idea to Mike to make a bench from three chairs.
Mike and the team salvage large industrial doors from the old Nehi Bottling Plant in Covington, VA. Back at the shop, Robert and Tay work on a gate made from a bicycle. The guys also pick through a collection brought in by a local vendor.
The Salvage Dawgs team returns to a previously salvaged house to save its original log structure. Mike and Tay also learn how that wood is milled for a custom building project. Mike uses that same wood to build an end table for the property owner.
Mike & Robert remove a two-piece staircase from a farmhouse in Marion, VA. The guys also pick through a train yard. Back at the shop, Mike builds a bar from panel doors as a surprise for a customer's husband.
The Black Dog Salvage team saves parts of an old Victorian-style farmhouse in Laurel Forks, VA. Mike & Robert also learn how to hand throw bricks at the local Old Virginia Brick Company. At the shop, Tay transforms a busted up VW bus into a flatbed truck.
The Black Dog Salvage team saves architectural elements at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Key items include railings, brick pavers, gothic lighting, and a safe from the 1940s. Back at the warehouse, Mike and Courtney repurpose a mantle into a hanging wall piece.
The Salvage Dawgs crew saves parts of a farmhouse in South Boston, VA. Key items include chairs, milk-painted paneling, and an arched window. Mike and Robert also get to pick through some of the owner's personal collections. Back at the warehouse, Robert repurposes a previously salvaged porch roof into an outdoor kitchen.
Mike, Robert, and the crew salvage an old iron ore mine that was converted into a cannery in the 1930s. Main items include a curved I-beam, oversized pressure-cookers, and a canning carousel. Back at the shop, Mike builds a custom bar from an old Cissell steam press table.
The Dawgs help save copper elements from the St. Andrews Catholic Church spires in Roanoke, VA. The guys also bring in an expert to learn more about a large lithograph from a previous salvage. At the warehouse, Mike's daughter Grace shows off her skills by building a bookshelf from a panel door and old tin.
The Salvage Dawgs team head to the St. Michael's Catholic School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they brave high-wire heights in order to save elements of the past. The team also builds a ladder console and discovers a vintage army record player.
The Salvage Dawgs preserve a Greek Rival farm house in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania. Main salvage items include mantles, tiles and a full-sized chicken coop. Mike and Tay build a freight cart couch in the Black Dog shop and Robert gets excited about a corn sheller.
The Salvage Dawgs head to the Vaughan Furniture Company in Galax, Virginia. Mike and Ted struggle to salvage a heavy furniture press while Robert is slowed down by explosion-proof lights. Mike and Grayson build a chair with pieces from an old suitcase and Robert discovers a vintage TV and radio.
The Salvage Dawgs head to Knoxville, Tennessee, in hopes of salvaging the crumbling Pickle Mansion. The main items of interest are a copper frieze and columns. Mike discovers a fuel drop tank and he and Tay build a dresser kitchen island.
The Salvage Dawgs travel to Quakertown, Pennsylvania, in order to reclaim items from an old mine master's house. They are surprised to find much of the house picked over before they arrive. Robert and Grayson struggle with flooring while Mike cuts structural beams out of the house. Tay discovers a drill press that brings out Robert's skepticism, and Robert and Tay build a license plate table.
Free Will House: The Salvage Dawg team travels to Free Will House in Huntington, West Virginia, where they salvage a bathtub, sitz bath and kitchen cabinets. Ted and Mike buy a butter churn for the shop, and Tay and Mike build a wall TV shutter console in the shop.
Rural Retreat Historical Society: The team travels to the Historical Society in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Mike sets up rigging from the rooftop for an outdoor clock while Robert salvages a vault door and bank teller station. Tay and Mike build a day bed using pallets.
The Black Dog Salvage crew travels to Vinton, Virginia, in order to salvage a massive piece of stained glass from the Grace Family Church. They run into challenges when equipment is delayed. Tay and Grayson buy a tandem bike for the shop, and Mike and Tay build a beam lamp.
The Salvage Dawgs head to Laurel, Delaware, to salvage what they can from a former Methodist church that fell victim to water damage. The team removes pews, a bronze bell and a 'greenhouse' skylight before heading back to the shop to work on a beam console.
The Salvage Dawgs score some doors from the Virginia Military Institute before hesitantly taking on a Peanut Silo Salvage in Skippers, Virginia. After a rather precarious roof removal, they devise a different plan to dismantle the silos while keeping them intact. Once back at the shop, they tackle a table and use a grinding wheel as their design inspiration.
The crew travels to Orange, VA, to salvage a 1930s brick mansion, including its columns and windows. Then, Mike and Robert return General George C. Marshall's door to the Virginia Military Institute while Tay and Mike build a coffee table from a door used in the barracks.
The Dawgs stay close to home to salvage the old Salem Peacock Cleaners in Salem, Virginia. Over 100 years old, the building is filled with antique laundromat parts that the crew carefully removes, including a fur fumigator door, steam press and soapstone sink. With a full truck, the team loads up and heads back to Roanoke so Tay and Grayson can begin making a ladder wine rack.
The Salvage Dawgs head to Henderson, NC, to salvage parts from an old home that used to house young female teachers. Tay and Robert begin removing the attic ladder and door while Grayson and Ted tackle the interior doors. After removing the door, archway and columns from the front entrance, the team begins removing the home's fire escape. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay begin a custom hall tree using doors from a previous salvage.
The Dawgs head to Pinehurst, NC, to salvage an old steam plant that used to run the town. After working together to remove an old transom, Grayson and Robert remove some cool valves while Mike discovers some additional salvage in a shed near the building. Back at the shop, Grayson helps build a bar and Robert brings in an unusual find that usually doesn't mesh well with the Dawgs.
The team faces cold winter weather as they attempt to quickly salvage as much as possible from an old church in Laurel, DE. Robert, Mike and Tay work together to remove large stained glass and figure out a way to get it back to the store with minimal damage. Grayson and Grace test their skills at successfully salvage ceiling tiles and doors. Later, Mike has his eye on a trolley and Tay has a great idea for a build that's shaping up to look like an outhouse.
Mike starts the day sharing his most recent find with the team -- an antique cash register -- before beginning work on a handle cart coffee table with Tay and Patrick. Later, the team travels to a vacant furniture plant in Lexington, NC, where they work in near-darkness salvaging conveyor belts, fire doors, veneer molds, factory carts and industrial lights.
The Salvage Dawgs travel to a shipyard in Norfolk, VA, to salvage a boat once used for Navy SEAL insertions. The Dawgs manage to salvage some key items, but their energy and patience is tested once they realize the boat won't fit on the trailer.
Mike and Robert give Tay a history lesson with an old dentistry x-ray machine before the team loads up for a project in Grottoes, VA. They start at Cosby Brothers Mill where they hope to salvage some old mill parts if they can figure out a way to safely get them from the third story. Mike and Robert then travel up the road to see what can be done with an old repurposed barn. Tay and Mike start a kitchen desk build back at the shop with some old salvage materials.
The team travels to Clifton Forge, Virginia, to conquer C&O Railway's vast repair space. Using force and lots of tools, they work to salvage the steam engine repair plant by saving railway bases and corrugated glass. Later, the guys take apart a baby grand piano and repurpose it into a shelf.
The team heads to Parkville, MD, to salvage a classic farmhouse. Working on the outside the Dawgs remove steel from the front porch, doors, and windows while indoors they work to remove radiators, banisters and wainscoting. With the house picked clean, Mike rewards the Dawgs with indoor skydiving! Once back in the shop, Mike and Tay build an ironwood coffee table.
Robert sends Tay and Grayson to salvage on their own in Salem, Virginia, until the crew comes together to help finish the job. Mike and Ted travel to Norfolk, VA, to pick up a special nautical structure for a client, then Tay and Mike build a nautical chandelier for the same buyer.
The Dawgs head to Blacksburg, Virginia, to salvage an 1800s barn with an internal log structure. This should be a textbook job, but with a hurricane on the horizon, the team is under a tighter deadline to make it out before the storm rolls in. Later, the team turns part of an airplane into a stunning desk.
Mike and Robert take the Dawgs to salvage a church in Alexandria, VA, where they must save everything from contemporary pews to a commercial grade sink. However, the team is forced to get creative as they are met with heights, narrow hallways and perplexing waterlines.
The Dawgs tackle Ohio's cold and snowy winter to salvage an old Italiante house that's beaming with character. Back in the shop, things heat up as Tay comes up with a plan to use old pulleys as the legs for a unique table.
The Dawgs take a stab at a refurbished storefront in historic downtown Lexington, Virginia. This second-generation salvage requires a lot of finesse, as the building is being renovated rather than destroyed. The team then turns the existing windowpanes into a room divider commissioned by the building's owner.
The Salvage Dawgs head up north to deliver a large lamppost that will serve as the focal point of a new community space. Before taking on this project, however, Robert takes the team to the Bluefield House in West Virginia to rack up on the classic commodities needed to restock their warehouse.
The crew heads to Glenside, PA, to salvage a huge estate. The sprawling 1918 mansion gives the Dawgs a run for their money as they try to save columns, doors, mantles, bathtubs and more. Mike and Tay visit Rural Retreat to find a piece for a custom coffee table.
The crew heads to Norfolk, VA, to test their sea legs and salvage an obsolete ferry including lights, skylights and a mural. Back at the shop, Grayson helps Mike and Tay with a commissioned build for a fellow maker.
The crew heads to Grottoes, Virginia, to salvage and demolish an old country store. Using materials from the project, Mike and Robert create a tribute bench for a veterans' retreat.
The team heads to Yorktown, VA, to pick through an old farm and former Native American settlement. Mike and Tay handle the heavy lifting outside to save a galvanized steel boat, while Robert, Grayson and Ted tackle the farmhouse that features doors and hardware from the 1700s and 1800s.
Mike, Robert, Grayson and Tay head over to the Machine Shop they bought to see what they can find. After sorting and sifting, the team finds items for new builds and knows the space will be great for Makers to create their own builds. As they're renovating the house on their property, they walk through to discover how many new builds are needed, causing Mike and Tay to start on the first, a coffee bar for the new space.
The crew finds a gem with a log cabin tucked inside an old farmhouse, but they struggle to disassemble and demo the property due to the ever-increasing mud. The team must also meticulously document the placement of each beam, board and panel for when they rebuild the cabin for a lucky buyer.
Mike and Tay have a consultation for a project from a brewery but before they can start building they have to head to a salvage job in Kannapolis, NC. The project proves to be a large job where the Dawgs have to salvage a cupola, doors, bathrooms and porticos. Time is not on their side, either, as the whole town needs to be salvaged for an upcoming revitalization.
The team returns to the ferry in Norfolk, Va., to get the large items that were left behind, including a crow's nest and staircase; Mike and Robert have a consultation in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Mike and Robert head to Amelia Island, Florida, and get lessons in diving and safety so they can salvage under water. They recover old ship parts from the bottom of the ocean and transform them into an original piece.
The team heads to a shopping center where they use creative methods to salvage a large, decorative space frame, rolling doors and more; they also find great items from a pick in New Jersey with which to create amazing builds like a bourbon bar shelf.
Mike and Tay build a commemorative clock for the town of Kannapolis, North Carolina.
The team heads to Winchester, Virginia, to salvage an abandoned orchard barn, but they must pick through years of trash and treasures before they begin. Mike, Tay and Grayson then put a pattern back together to create a chandelier base and new light.