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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 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 9

Hylton Victorian

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.

Monday
Jul 6
2am | 1c
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.

Thursday
Sep 24
4pm | 3c
Season 3, Episode 6

Nehi Bottling Plant

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.

Saturday
Oct 31
11am | 10c
Season 4, Episode 11

Tully Choice Cabin

The Salvage Dawgs save steps and chimney rocks from a 1765 log cabin at Smith Mountain Lake. Gracie takes the team to a local glassblowing artist to make pieces for a chandelier. Robert and Ted also pick through a barn.

Tuesday
Nov 17
4pm | 3c
Season 4, Episode 9

Wheeling Apartment

Mike, Robert, and the rest of the team salvage elements from an apartment building in Wheeling, WV. Key items include arched doors, a double drainboard sink, and wooden medallions. At Black Dog Salvage, Mike builds a wine tasting table from an old lamppost and barrel staves.

Sunday
Feb 28
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Terracotta Silo

The Dawgs struggle to take down a terracotta silo in Bedford, VA. While in town, Mike takes Tay and Grayson to visit the National D-Day Memorial. Back at the shop, Mike builds a coffee table from an old factory cart.

Monday
Feb 29
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

Return to Trenton High School

The Dawgs return to Trenton Central High School in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include four large clock faces and library ladders. In the shop, Mike and Tay build a table from an old jail bed.

Sunday
Mar 27
10pm | 9c
Season 6, Episode 4

Pickle Mansion

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.

Sunday
Sep 11
10pm | 9c
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.

Wednesday
Sep 21
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 3

Vaughan Furniture Company

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.

Wednesday
Sep 21
4pm | 3c
Season 6, Episode 10

Texas Tavern Sign

The Salvage Dawgs work at home in Roanoke, Virginia, where they salvage a sign for the Texas Tavern and learn the history of the local restaurant over burgers and bowls of chili. Afterwards, the team heads to a warehouse in Philadelphia where they engage in fierce negotiations over bread molds and wine racks. Robert buys a cash register for the shop, and Mike builds a bed for Robert's daughter Caroline.

Sunday
Oct 9
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Return to Geyser Gulch

The Dawgs return to Geyser Gulch at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Key items this time include a birdhouse, oversized frying pans, and water guns. Back at the warehouse, Mike builds a garden arbor out of two doors.

Sunday
Dec 4
7pm | 6c
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.

Wednesday
Jan 18
11am | 10c
Season 3, Episode 4

St. Mary's Rectory

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.

Wednesday
Jan 18
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Rising Sun Ranch

The Dawgs tackle a ranch house in Alderson, WV. Key items salvaged include stained glass and corbels. In the shop, Mike reuses timber to build a beam table.

Wednesday
Jan 18
12pm | 11c
Season 5, Episode 5

Trenton Central High School

The Salvage Dawgs team takes on a huge high school in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include fireclay sinks and oak cabinets. Mike and Tay build an N-shaped desk in the shop.

Wednesday
Jan 18
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Portside Marina

The Dawgs save the bow and stern of a boat on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA. The team cuts up an old Chevy van for a commissioned wall art piece. New dogs Molly May and Stella make their debut.

Wednesday
Jan 18
1pm | 12c
Season 5, Episode 7

Return to Trenton High School

The Dawgs return to Trenton Central High School in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include four large clock faces and library ladders. In the shop, Mike and Tay build a table from an old jail bed.

Wednesday
Jan 18
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Reed Creek Mill

The Dawgs salvage the Reed Creek Mill in Wytheville, VA. Key items found include conveyor belts and a flour hopper. Mike also builds a console for his nephew.

Wednesday
Jan 18
2pm | 1c
Season 5, Episode 9

Wilberger Funeral Home

The Salvage Dawgs team saves parts of the Wilberger Funeral Home in New Hope, VA. Key items salvaged include an elevator and barn door hardware. Back in Roanoke, Mike and the guys build a collapsible bookcase.

Wednesday
Jan 18
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 5, Episode 10

Mt. Vernon Greek Revival

The Salvage Dawgs save as much as they can from a burnt-down house in Mt. Vernon, OH. In the shop, Mike builds a chair from a shopping cart.

Wednesday
Jan 18
3pm | 2c
Season 5, Episode 11

Riverfront House

The Salvage Dawgs take on a Victorian house in Wellsville, OH. Key items salvaged include harlequin windows, corbels and front porch columns. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay build a wine rack from old brick molds.

Wednesday
Jan 18
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 5, Episode 12

Little Chef Diner

The Dawgs stay in Roanoke to salvage an old diner sign. The crew also picks through a huge warehouse in Greensboro, NC. Back at the shop, the Whiteside family works together to build a clock from road signs.

Wednesday
Jan 18
4pm | 3c
Season 5, Episode 13

Roanoke Chamber of Commerce

The Dawgs save pieces from the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, including safe deposit boxes and a pneumatic messaging system. The team also works on a large bar commissioned for the Natural Bridge Hotel.

Wednesday
Jan 18
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 12

Noland Sign Company

The Black Dog Salvage team works in Roanoke, Virginia, at the Noland Sign Company. On a windy day, they salvage metal lettering, copper cupolas and vintage plumbing. Grayson buys an initial machine for the shop, and Gracie, Tay and Mike build a lamp that shows off Gracie's glass-blowing skills.

Wednesday
Jan 18
5pm | 4c

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