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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 12

Fringer Cannery

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.

Friday
Jul 31
2pm | 1c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 12
6:30pm | 5:30c
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
Oct 11
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Sunday
Oct 25
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 3, Episode 11

Weatherford Farmhouse

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.

Thursday
Mar 3
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Former First National Bank

The Salvage Dawgs take on the former first National Bank in Gastonia, NC. Key items salvaged include elevator parts and chicken wire windows. At the shop, Robert builds a bar out of a boat salvaged from Smith Mountain Lake.

Monday
Mar 7
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 3

Covington Church

The Salvage Dawgs work on Covington church and find tambour doors, stairs and a jukebox. Mike and Tay build a locker bench, then the crew finds a propane spotlight.

Sunday
Mar 27
11pm | 10c
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.

Sunday
Mar 27
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 3
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 13

St. Agatha's Church Rectory

The Black Dog Salvage team heads back to snowy Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, to salvage the rectory of St. Agatha's Catholic Church. Robert, Mike and the crew brave snow and ice to salvage a triple sink, glass blocks and storm door. Afterward, they take a tour of the Bally Block Factory where Robert's grandfather used to work. Robert and Ted buy some antique household items for the shop, and Mike and Tay build an office bar for Robert and Mike's new office space.

Sunday
Oct 23
9pm | 8c
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.

Tuesday
Nov 15
5pm | 4c
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.

Tuesday
Dec 13
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Geyser Gulch

The Dawgs salvage the amusement park attraction, Geyser Gulch, at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Key items include a water tower, air pressure guns, and a blue slide. While at the shop, Mike builds a custom hostess stand for a local restaurant in Leesville, VA.

Friday
Mar 10
11am | 10c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 5

Elks National Home

The Dawgs head to the Elks National Home in Bedford, VA, to salvage parts of the old lodge. Other items they save include doors, theater seats, and subway tile. Back in the woodshop, Mike builds a swing from a salvaged apple crate and upholsters cushions from old postal bags.

Friday
Mar 10
12pm | 11c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
1pm | 12c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
2pm | 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.

Friday
Mar 10
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
3pm | 2c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
3:30pm | 2:30c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
4pm | 3c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
4:30pm | 3:30c
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.

Friday
Mar 10
5pm | 4c

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