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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.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the Izard House, a two-room cabin built in the late 1892. The team removes a box bay window in one piece. Other key finds include a Dixie Oak stove, a stairwell and old poplar wood. Mike also delivers a Victorian doorway to be used in a log cabin.
Mike, Robert and the Black Dog crew salvage the Washington Mill, an old cotton mill from the late 1800s. Key finds include wooden louvers, open wire baskets and an old barber chair. Mike and Ted also make a couch from an old bathtub.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the Robert E.Lee Hotel, a six-story luxury hotel built in 1926 in Lexington, Va. Key finds include a peg leg sink, French doors and pelican urinals. Mike and his daughter build a coffee table out of a salvaged panel and wood from the Izard House. The crew also picks through a junkyard in hopes of finding salvaged goods.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the Bent Mountain Mill, a grist mill used for grinding wheat and other grains. Key finds include patina doors, mill stones and running gears. Robert buys an exercise machine from the late 1950s. Ted also makes a bar from Egyptian iron and wood.
Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the James House, a 5,000 square foot home built in 1893. The team removes a hand-crafted Carrara marble mantle. Other key finds include a cast iron sink, a vintage cabinet and historical glass negative pictures. Mike also makes a repurposed hall tree out of a salvaged door.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew tackle an entire city block of Victorian houses in Norfolk, VA. One of which is The Painted Lady, an old tearoom originally built in 1892 and renovated in 1997. Key items include mantles, a cupola, a large wooden bar, and a glass rack. Back at the warehouse, Mike builds a bathroom sink from a US Navy chest.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog crew salvage wood from a cabin at Smith Mountain Lake. From that wood, Mike builds a four-post bed to sell in the shop. Robert and Tay save light fixtures and a bathtub from an old house in Southwestern Virginia. Meanwhile, Mike and Ted travel to New York City to install fire doors previously salvaged from the Washington Mill.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew save parts from the former First Baptist Church in Bluefield, WV. Key finds include accordion doors, a pipe organ, and a balcony. Mike builds a kitchen pantry from an old 1950s-style refrigerator.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog crew tackle the Homestead Stables and carriage house in Hot Springs, VA. Key finds include stable doors, a carriage, trusses, and a hand-operated carriage elevator. Courtney assists with completing a bench that Mike made from an old headboard.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew take on extracting large and fragile stained glass windows at a church in Salisbury, NC. The guys also pick through a local piano store for some interesting finds. Back at the shop, Mike builds a bench using the back of a Chris Craft boat.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew salvage a house from the 1940's in Washington, DC. Key items include a large conservatory, bottle glass windows, and dark room supplies. Mike also builds a bar and cabinet from an old piano previously salvaged from the Homestead Stables.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew tackle an American Foursquare house from 1910 in Fairmont, WV. Key finds include huge built-in cabinets, mahogany wainscoting, and a porcelain tub. Mike also works with a local winery to create a chandelier from a wine barrel.
Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew salvage an extremely dirty house in Knoxville, TN. Key finds include some East Lake hardware, mantles, surround tiles, and front porch columns. The team also transforms an old bus front into a bar back and install it in a burger joint in downtown Roanoke, VA.
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