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.
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 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 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.
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.