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Black Dog Salvage Will Be Featured in TV Series

ROANOKE – Architectural enthusiasts and fans of Virginia-based Black Dog Salvage Inc., Sally the black dog, and lovers of historical treasures have a new way to share their passion when the DIY Network premieres the original documentary-style series, Salvage DawgsThursday, Nov. 8 at 11 p.m. and again Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.

Co-produced by Trailblazer Studios and Figure 8 Films, Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures of Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, owners of Roanoke-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.”

In the premiere episode of Salvage Dawgs, the Black Dog crew salvages the Izard House, a 14-room farmhouse built in the 1890s that was said to have served as a schoolhouse and post office; the center of a long lost farming community in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.

Throughout the series, Kulp strives to run a tight ship with his eye on the bottom line — while spirited Whiteside wreaks havoc, tearing through old homes and buildings – finding treasure in the most unexpected places and making things happen – even under the most challenging circumstances.

“Architectural salvage is not just about sledgehammers – sometimes it’s about surgical precision,” says Kulp. Whiteside adds, “I’ll stick with the big hammer.”

Both Mike & Robert demonstrate a natural talent for horse trading, an exuberant love of history and a creative vision for turning old relics into treasure.

“When it comes to tearing things apart to find treasures and selling them to make a profit, Mike and Robert have experienced it all,” says Trailblazer Studios’ VP of Original Programming, Jeff Lanter. “From extracting architectural elements out of private homes and classic historical properties to disassembling old hospitals and crumbling mills, every day is a challenge and an opportunity. That’s the stuff that makes great television.”

Black Dog Salvage is a prominent architectural salvage warehouse located in Roanoke. 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. warehouse is filled with architectural antiques and features an in-house wood and metal shop that creates custom designs out of reclaimed materials. In 2005, Black Dog Salvage expanded to include The Memorial Bridge Marketplace, an interior design marketplace and gallery featuring a wide range of merchants and artists. Featured on The Nate Berkus Show, in the magazines Southern Living, Country Living, Virginia Living and recently in Garden and Gun. Black Dog Salvage reaches a wide range of enthusiasts online. Sally, the Salvage Dog, is eager to welcome customers to the warehouse!

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