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About the show

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.

Meet the Hosts

Mike Whiteside

Mike Whiteside is the co-owner of one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States. His goal is to secure the remarkable pieces of America's past hidden inside old structures before they are lost forever. 

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Robert Kulp

Robert Kulp is the co-owner of one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States. His goal is to secure the remarkable pieces of America's past hidden inside old structures before they are lost forever. 

All About Robert

Season 2, Episode 3

Salvaging Items From Columbus, Ohio, Into Repurposed Goods

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage guys tackle disassembling a 40 foot Eiffel Tower replica in Columbus, OH. While in Columbus, they meet a fellow salvager and pick through his collection. Grayson also builds a floor lamp with salvaged materials back at the warehouse.

Friday
Jun 5
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 5

Lakeside Marina

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew travel to Smith Mountain Lake to save parts off a sinking boat. While at the marina, they discover other boats on the property to salvage. At the warehouse, Mike builds a commissioned bar from wine barrels for a local winery.

Friday
Jun 5
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 9

Salvaging Items From an Old Navy Ship in Norfolk, VA, Into Repurposed Goods

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew salvage parts off a former navy ship, the USS Zuni/USCG Tamaroa. Key finds include an officer's table, portholes, and wooden ship frames. At the warehouse, Mike builds a table from an airplane wing.

Friday
Jun 5
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 10

Salvaging Items From an Apple Orchard Into Repurposed Goods

The Black Dog Salvage crew head into the mountains to salvage different structures of an old apple orchard. Key finds include roof tin, apple picking ladders, and apple crates. Robert also helps Ted build a commissioned iron gate.

Friday
Jun 5
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Salvaging Items From a Train Caboose Into Repurposed Goods

Hosts Mike and Robert salvage conductor chairs from a train caboose. The whole crew then picks through the Old Cold Storage warehouse in Arrington, VA. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay work together to build a large iron table.

Friday
Jun 5
2pm | 1c
Season 2, Episode 6

Salvaging Items in Norfolk and Petersburg Into Repurposed Goods

The Black Dog Salvage crew splits up for the week. Robert and Grayson salvage a spiral staircase in Norfolk, while Mike and the guys pick through a restoration shop in Petersburg. Back at the shop, the crew pays homage to their old red truck by turning it into a bench.

Friday
Jun 5
5pm | 4c
Season 3, Episode 13

St. Andrews Church Spires

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.

Sunday
Jun 7
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Old Stagecoach Inn

Hosts Mike & Robert salvage a house previously damaged by a tornado near Abingdon, VA. Key items include floors, doors, and a complete staircase. While at the warehouse, Mike makes a commissioned desk for a child from a balance beam.

Sunday
Jun 7
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Nelson House

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.

Monday
Jun 8
2am | 1c
Season 3, Episode 5

Bowman House

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.

Monday
Jun 22
2am | 1c
Season 4, Episode 3

Old Robeson County Jail

Mike, Robert and the Dawgs salvage a 1950s jail in Lumberton, NC. Key items include a holding cell, sinks and slate countertops. At the shop, Mike and Tay build a bar from bowling alley flooring.

Monday
Jun 29
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 7

Byrd Log Cabin

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.

Monday
Jun 29
2am | 1c
Season 3, Episode 8

Meek Farmhouse

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.

Monday
Jun 29
2:30am | 1:30c

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