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Salvage Dawgs

Salvage Dawgs

Photo Credit:  Trailblazer Studios
  • Premiered: 
    November 8, 2012
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  • Network: DIY
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: demolition, antiques, collectibles

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Plot Synopsis

SALVAGE DAWGS follows Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, co-owners of the Virginia-based Black Dog Salvage, and their crew, as they bid on buildings condemned to be demolished and find and transform remarkable pieces of America's past hidden inside these old structures. Black Dog Salvage is one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States, specializing in the reclamation, repurposing and resale of architectural, commercial, and industrial elements and fixtures. These salvaged vintage pieces include everything from doors, windows, mantles and more. In each 30-minute episode, the Black Dog crew take on a different job, including: the Izard House, a two-room cabin built in late 1892, where the team removes a box bay-window in one piece, a stairwell, old poplar wood, and a Dixie Oak stove to which they added flowers and color to make a planter that really sizzles; the Washington Mill, an old cotton mill from the late 1800s, where they recover wooden louvres, open wire baskets, an old barber chair, and an old bathtub that is transformed into a beautiful couch with some colorful fabric and patterns; and many more buildings with architecturally significant items. Black Dog Salvage, founded in 1999 and inspired by their original black dog, Molly, now features its second black dog, Sally, who turned eight years old just before the series premiered.

SALVAGE DAWGS returned for its second season on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11pm ET/PT, as DIY Network aired two new back-to-back episodes. In the Season 2 premiere, the entire Black Dog Salvage crew pitched in to help save parts of a house in Roanoke, VA, including floors, trim, front porch columns, and a large built in cabinet.

On Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, DIY Network debuted the Season 3 premiere of SALVAGE DAWGS. In the season opener, "Nelson House," the Black Dog Salvage crew saves pieces of a house in Mt. Jackson, VA, where 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.

Season 5 of SALVAGE DAWGS premiered on Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 9-10pm ET/PT, as DIY Network broadcast back-to-back new episodes from the show's 13-episode new season. In the season opener (9pm), "Drayton Mill," the Salvage Dawgs travel to the Drayton Mill in Spartanburg, SC, where they salvage a large fan and valves. Mike builds a new desk for his office out of a salvaged airplane wing. Then, in the night's second episode (9:30pm), "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.

Season 6 of SALVAGE DAWGS premiered on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on DIY Network. In the season opener, "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.

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 9-10pm ET/PT, DIY Network premiered the seventh season of SALVAGE DAWGS, debuting back-to-back new episodes. In the season opener (9pm), "Esther Ludwig Mansion," Black Dog Salvage travels to Pennsylvania to save what they can from Esther Ludwig's mansion before it gets demolished. They hope to reclaim some of the mansion's all-original items, such as chandeliers, built-ins and mantles. Mike buys an old vintage wheelchair he hopes to restore and finds some salvage around the shop to create a freestanding mirror. Then, in the night's second new episode (9:30pm), "Trinity Lutheran Church," the Salvage Dawgs go to Greencastle, PA, to salvage an old church that is being restored for a physical therapy office. The team struggles to figure out the best way to remove the windows, salvage the large bell and execute an idea for a console.

Season 8 of SALVAGE DAWGS premiered on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 9-10pm ET/PT, as DIY Network debuted back-to-back new episodes. In the season opener (9pm), "Former United Methodist Church," the Salvage Dawgs head to Laurel, Delaware, to salvage what they can from a former Methodist church that fell victim to water damage. The team removes pews, a bronze bell and a 'greenhouse' skylight before heading back to the shop to work on a beam console. Then, in the night's second new episode (9:30pm), "Peanut Silo Salvage," the Salvage Dawgs score some doors from the Virginia Military Institute before hesitantly taking on a Peanut Silo Salvage in Skippers, Virginia. After a rather precarious roof removal, they devise a different plan to dismantle the silos while keeping them intact. Once back at the shop, they tackle a table and use a grinding wheel as their design inspiration.

The ninth season of SALVAGE DAWGS premiered on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on DIY Network. In the season opener, "Laverock Hill Estate," the crew heads to Glenside, PA, to salvage a huge estate. The sprawling 1918 mansion gives the Dawgs a run for their money as they try to save columns, doors, mantles, bathtubs and more. Mike and Tay visit Rural Retreat to find a piece for a custom coffee table.
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, DIY Network premiered the tenth season of SALVAGE DAWGS. In the season opener, "Blacksburg Barn," the Dawgs head to Blacksburg, Virginia, to salvage an 1800s barn with an internal log structure. This should be a textbook job, but with a hurricane on the horizon, the team is under a tighter deadline to make it out before the storm rolls in. Later, the team turns part of an airplane into a stunning desk.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Trailblazer Studios
  • Produced by Figure 8 Films


  • - Virginia USA