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SALVAGE DAWGS Premiere Season 5 in Gastonia, NC: Upcycling Former First National Bank Building
Salvage Dawgs returns to the DIY Network for Season 5 premiering two exciting new episodes back-to-back on Sunday, February 28 at 9 and 9:30pm EST.
By: Black Dog Salvage: Salvage Dawgs
The second episode of the new season finds Robert Kulp feeling cooped up and office bound -- still recovering from knee surgery. The rest of the crew is left trying to manage the project under the “WWRD” (What Would Robert Do) premise. With carefree Mike Whiteside in charge – fans can rest assured there will be some “near misses” and amusing results from his “creative”
Meanwhile, back at home, Robert joins the team in the shop to design and build a bar from the “Old Ramona Sue” -- a boat recovered from the woods at nearby Smith Mountain Lake.
“What normally happens is I have a partially formed or ‘out there’ idea and the guys in the shop improve upon it,” says Robert Kulp. However, he is pleasantly surprised when he finds the final project almost exactly as he had originally envisioned.
Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures of Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, owners of Southwestern Virginia-based Black Dog Salvage. Each episode leaves audiences laughing, inspired, and amazed as they stay just ahead of the wrecking ball to reclaim a wide range of vintage architectural elements and oddities. The salvaged materials go in a dazzling number of directions, from being incorporated into new “old” houses to being transformed into one-of-a-kind furniture and art featured on their warehouse floor and website.
“We are saving America, one house part at a time,” said owner Robert Kulp. “It’s satisfying to know that these architectural treasures will live on and be appreciated across the country.”
Throughout the series, Kulp strives to run a tight ship with his eye on the bottom line -- while spirited Whiteside takes a more creative approach, tearing through old homes and buildings – finding treasure in the most unexpected places and making things happen – even under the most challenging circumstances.
Airs on DIY Network Sunday, February 28 at 9:30pm EST. Check local listings for details.
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About Salvage Dawgs + Black Dog Salvage
Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures and creativity of Black Dog Architectural Salvage, a prominent architectural salvage showroom and retail shop located in Roanoke, Virginia. With a mission to reclaim, renew and redefine architectural salvage for a sustainable future, they specialize in saving such elements from the landfill. The 40,000 sq. ft. design center is filled with architectural antiques and features an in-house wood and metal shop that creates custom designs out of reclaimed materials.
Black Dog Salvage gained popularity nationwide with appearances on The Nate Berkus Show and through features in the magazines Southern Living, Country Living, Virginia Living and Garden and Gun. They also reach a wide range of enthusiasts through their online presence: www.BlackDogSalvage.com. Although – their favorite claim to fame is Sally the Salvage Dog, and her new side-kicks, Molly May and Stella, who are eager to welcome customers to the shop or showroom!
Humorous, family-friendly banter, a suspenseful approach to presenting the salvage process and useful information about how to reuse the historic items they find has resonated will with audiences nationwide. Now it it’s 5th season, Salvage Dawgs is proving to be an engaging and entertaining television show the whole family can enjoy. Salvage Dawgs is co-produced by Trailblazer Studios and Figure 8 Films and airs nationally on the DIY Network.
Robert + Mike Become Salvage Dawgs
Starting a salvage business was not intentional. Mike Whiteside needed a garage built; Robert Kulp came to give him advice. The two found kindred souls in each other, having both served in the Navy. After lamenting the pending demolition of a local 1892 landmark filled with architectural details, they took a chance, made a salvage offer and began saving the house piece by piece. In a warehouse Mike had rented for another project, with Mike’s 1s (Molly), they turned over an old vinyl sign – wrote ‘SALVAGE’ – and moments later a customer pulled into the parking lot. They haven’t looked back since. Three years later they outgrew the building and purchased a 40,000 square warehouse next to the Memorial Bridge near Grandin Village in Roanoke, VA. Over the last decade, the business has evolved from a down and dirty salvage warehouse to an interior design showroom featuring architectural details, custom designs, local artists and vendors. Mike brings his creative eye to the Black Dog Design Shop, fabricating one of kind custom pieces and Robert offers astute business acumen, sound construction advice and long range vision. This coupled with the support of (understanding)