We’re celebrating ten seasons of Robert, Mike and the crew at Black Dog Salvage by ranking the dawgs’ best projects from each season.
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.
Southern Dawgs head up north to deliver a large lamppost that will serve as the focal point of a new community space. Before taking on this project, however, Robert takes the team to the Bluefield House in West Virginia to rack up on the classic commodities needed to restock their warehouse.
The Dawgs take a stab at a refurbished storefront in historic downtown Lexington, Virginia. This second-generation salvage requires a lot of finesse, as the building is being renovated rather than destroyed. The team then turns the existing windowpanes into a room divider commissioned by the building's owner.
Mike and Robert take the Dawgs to salvage a church in Alexandria, VA, where they must save everything from contemporary pews to a commercial grade sink. However, the team is forced to get creative as they are met with heights, narrow hallways and perplexing waterlines.
The Dawgs tackle Ohio's cold and snowy winter to salvage an old Italiante house that's beaming with character. Back in the shop, things heat up as Tay comes up with a plan to use old pulleys as the legs for a unique table.
The Salvage Dawgs pick through a barn and take on a Queen Anne-style home in Barnesville, Ohio, looking for some bonus finds. Mike Whiteside meets with a return client who has an idea for a dining table set made from rusted canning baskets and live edge wood.
The team organizes a Dawg vs. Dawg build competition after Mike and Robert get a tip on an abandoned power plant from an old client in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The winner of the salvage contest will be a tough call as both teams' distinct pieces are deeply rooted in the plant's original aesthetic.
After a call from their old friend, Captain Tim, the crew travels to Norfolk, Virginia, to salvage a fireboat from Baltimore. When they return to the shop, Mike and Tay enlist the help of a local coppersmith to fashion unique foot baths for Hotel Roanoke.
The Salvage Dawgs work on a church in Covington, Virginia, and find tambour doors, stairs and a jukebox. Mike and Tay build a locker bench, then the crew finds a propane spotlight.
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.
The Salvage Dawgs team takes on a huge high school in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include fireclay sinks and oak cabinets. Mike and Tay build an N-shaped desk in the shop.
The Dawgs save the bow and stern of a boat on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA. The team cuts up an old Chevy van for a commissioned wall art piece. New dogs Molly May and Stella make their debut.
The Dawgs return to Jamestown, NY, for their second go at salvaging a home that's been expanded to create a 26,000-square-foot Moose Lodge. The mixed architecture turns over an array of treasures, including neon lights and ornate roofing tiles.
The Dawgs travel to North Carolina in hopes of salvaging a Mediterranean-style mansion in Charlotte and an iconic sign in Raleigh. Though many of the items have been set aside, loading stone tubs and three-tier chandeliers presents its own challenges.
The crew returns to Largo, MD, where they harvest items from a sporting goods store at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre. Robert and Grayson salvage the electrical system while Mike, Tay and Ted remove exterior beams for a future cantilever bench.
The Dawgs travel to Dublin, Virginia, to help remove a dated water turbine from the historic Belle-Hampton Farm. After a full day of salvage, Mike and Tay return to the shop to build a kitchen island cart.
The Dawgs get a huge opportunity in suburban Washington, DC, where they work on the former site of the Capital Centre. The arena was demolished in 2002, but the mall that replaced it is now being redeveloped. First up is a barbecue restaurant that closed just two years after it was built. Back in Roanoke, Tay builds a breakfast table out of an old car engine.
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 Dawgs salvage a 1900s farmhouse in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Along with the usual doors and hardware, they find ornate ceiling medallions, a clawfoot tub and pine flooring. A built-in cabinet yields a potential treasure.
The Salvage Dawgs head to Henderson, NC, to salvage parts from an old home that used to house young female teachers. Tay and Robert begin removing the attic ladder and door while Grayson and Ted tackle the interior doors. After removing the door, archway and columns from the front entrance, the team begins removing the home's fire escape. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay begin a custom hall tree using doors from a previous salvage.
Mike, Robert, Grayson and Tay head over to the Machine Shop they bought to see what they can find. After sorting and sifting, the team finds items for new builds and knows the space will be great for Makers to create their own builds. As they're renovating the house on their property, they walk through to discover how many new builds are needed, causing Mike and Tay to start on the first, a coffee bar for the new space.
The Dawgs take a second stab at the Boulevard at Capital Centre. This time, they bring home finds from a Japanese restaurant, a bank and a spa, including shoji screens and bullet-resistant plexiglass. Back at home, they complete a build for a dear friend and upcycle an old apple crate into outdoor seating.
The team returns to the Norfolk, VA, ferry to get the large items that were left behind, including a crow's nest and staircase. Mike and Robert have a consultation in Pawleys Island, SC, and once the team returns to Roanoke, they get busy on the build so they can deliver to the customers.
Mike and Tay build a commemorative clock for the town of Kannapolis, North Carolina, before the crew heads back to salvage items left behind on the first trip, including a large cupola, windows and a bank vault. Then, they head back to Roanoke to create a standing desk.
The Dawgs stay close to home to salvage the old Salem Peacock Cleaners in Salem, Virginia. Over 100 years old, the building is filled with antique laundromat parts that the crew carefully removes, including a fur fumigator door, steam press and soapstone sink. With a full truck, the team loads up and heads back to Roanoke so Tay and Grayson can begin making a ladder wine rack.
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