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Creative Genius: Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside of DIY's "Salvage Dawgs"

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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. 

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Season 3, Episode 3

Reel Theatres

Mike, Robert, & the team salvage a movie theater in Sevierville, TN. Key items include analog projectors, movie screens, and neon letters. Mike also builds a commissioned table from a window frame.

Thursday
Apr 23
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 10

Roanoke College

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.

Thursday
May 28
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 3

Old Robeson County Jail

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

Monday
Jun 29
1am | 12c
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.

Wednesday
Jul 15
3pm | 2c
Season 4, Episode 8

P.A. Denny Riverboat

The Salvage Dawgs save a calliope from a riverboat in Parkersburg, WV. They also split into teams to pick through the owner's large warehouse. At the shop, Courtney collaborates with Mike to build a mirror from pieces of wall trim.

Sunday
Aug 16
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 2

Bemis Cotton Mill

Mike, Robert, & the rest of the team salvage the Bemis Cotton Mill in Jackson, TN. Key finds include fire doors, earthenware sinks, factory carts, and a gang sink. At the warehouse, Mike builds a bookshelf using the panels from a door.

Wednesday
Sep 16
2pm | 1c
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.

Saturday
Oct 31
10am | 9c
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
Feb 19
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 3
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 6, Episode 1

St. Michael's Catholic School

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.

Monday
Aug 1
12am | 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.

Sunday
Aug 7
6pm | 5c
Season 4, Episode 12

Scott Boulevard Baptist Church

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Decatur, GA, to salvage the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church. Key items include arched doorways, large stained glass windows, and a reredos. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay build an iron console.

Monday
Aug 15
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 1

Drayton Mill

The Salvage Dawgs travel to the Drayton Mill in Spartanburg, SC. Key items salvaged include a large fan and valves. Mike builds a new desk for his office out of a salvaged airplane wing.

Sunday
Sep 18
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 1

Salvaging a House in Roanoke, VA, into Repurposed Housing Items

The entire Black Dog Salvage crew pitches in to help save parts of a house in Roanoke, VA. Main items include floors, trim, front porch columns, and a large built in cabinet. While salvaging, hosts Mike and Robert also search for buried treasure on the property. Back at the shop, Ted builds a fire pit and fountain from old syrup kettles.

Sunday
Sep 25
7pm | 6c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
7:30pm | 6:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
8pm | 7c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 6, Episode 9

Marion Bowling Alley

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Marion, Virginia, to salvage a soon-to-be renovated bowling alley. However, the bowling alley floor turns out to be far heavier than they anticipated. Mike buys an artillery telescope for the shop, and Tay and Mike build a convertible coffee table.

Sunday
Sep 25
9pm | 8c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
10pm | 9c
Season 6, Episode 6

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.

Sunday
Sep 25
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
11pm | 10c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 6, Episode 9

Marion Bowling Alley

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Marion, Virginia, to salvage a soon-to-be renovated bowling alley. However, the bowling alley floor turns out to be far heavier than they anticipated. Mike buys an artillery telescope for the shop, and Tay and Mike build a convertible coffee table.

Monday
Sep 26
12am | 11c
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.

Monday
Sep 26
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 26
1am | 12c

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