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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Salvage Dawgs go to Jail


We’re heading to the pokey, Lawbreakers! But before we start serving our time, here's a couple of hints about this week's new treasure:  it inspires both an interest in mythology and a creative way to heat up link sausages! 
The Dawgs have some great ideas about how to repurpose this 60’s era relic. Bet you're curious now, any guesses?

Down in Lumberton NC, we break out new salvage spoils at the County Jail. These cells were designed to stay put, but the Dawg’s find the perfect tools to take them down. Smell the metal as we cut out of the Drunk Tank. Get a behind the scenes look at prisoner’s plumbing. See if you can guess which salvaged find will turn into a custom build for the shop. How soon will it be until the Jail House look hits Home & Garden magazines? We’re setting trends here, folks!
Yes, that is a jail cell!

Speaking of the shop, wait until you see the incredible concept bar the guys put together this week. It’s out of the box thinking and design that make custom Black Dog Salvage creations a singular find. What’s a Bowling Alley Rail Switch bar? Tune in to the DIY Network this Sunday at 10pm to find out.

Until next week, be sure to write and send money or a file baked into a cake! video

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Salvage Dawgs Episode- Bemis Cotton Mill

Bemis Mill

Happy Summer Everyone!

It’s hot, hot, hot here at the Dog. This week we get to some down ‘n dirty salvage with a trip to a cotton mill in Jackson, Tennessee. The shop makes a shelving unit with something we’ve always got plenty of. & Grayson charms us all with the cutest WOW yet.

What’s big and green, has a star tattoo on its rear, not to mention neon and perfectly adorable? Oh, did we mention there is water involved too? You will have to watch to find out....

From easily salvaged wood doors, Mike, Jeff & Tay created a furniture piece that takes advantage of vertical space and provides plenty of storage for your collections. This one flew out the door (har har), but you know there’s always more where that came from. Call us & we will make one for you!

It’s time for a Salvage on a Saturday! This week we follow Johnny & June goin’ to Jackson,Tennessee for some heavy duty Industrial pieces. 
Or as we like to refer to it, “Dirty Salvage”. 

We harvest factory carts, fire doors, glass brick and the blood of a Whiteside. Cool finds include lots of Fireclay Hand Sinks, a 7.5’ Drain Pan and a score of a Standing Supervisor’s Desk. All of this can be found on our Brand NEW Online Marketplace, so get on over there and check it out!

Is 10pm Eastern a little late to stay up to watch the Dawgs? No worries, you can catch the reruns, we won't mind. Find times on diy Network. 
Or better yet....let's convince diy Network to schedule Salvage Dawgs at 9pm instead! Drop them a line by clicking here

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Salvage Dawgs Crew crossing the Mississippi River
Howdy Gang!

The heat is cranking up here at Black Dog Salvage. Time to cool off with some water park adventures!

This week the Salvage Dawgs enter “The Fun Zone” as we load up the Showhauler and travel all the way to Branson, Missouri to help dismantle Geyser Gulch Amusement Park. Yee haw! We also work with some great customers in Leesburg, Virginia to outfit their new restaurant in ultimate salvage style.

Branson, Missouri 

 But hold on to your tickets, folks. Before we dive into the water, Mike “wows” us with one of the most polarizing curiosities we’ve ever brought back to the Dog – a functioning Iron Long. As terrifying as it seems, this invention by Dr. John Haven Emerson was a life-saver during the Polio Epidemic. Fortunately for our customers, it has sold and no longer haunts the marketplace. Okay, well…who’s pumped for some fun?

We go in big on our first trip out to Geyser Gulch, capturing large items like a colorful Aermotor Windmill and giant Blue Tunnel Slide. Which one do you think was more backbreaking to get down? Which one was the most difficult to get on the truck? Which one will be the hardest for us to ship? Come on people, we know you want some big, blue macaroni noodles. Robert & Ted start the hijinks this time around by manning one of the park’s many Air Guns and waging war against an unsuspecting Grayson. You read that right – ROBERT started the hijinks! Who can blame him? These guns are a blast! And we have lots on hand to start your own backyard battlefield.

salvage from Geyser Gulch

Jeff & Parker round out this episode with a visit to Leesburg Public House to deliver a pair of outstanding Hostess Stations. Pay a visit to this wonderful restaurant to see all of the salvage d├ęcor we provided. Be sure to order up a Black Dog Burger while you’re there. 

Catch a sneak peak here & don't forget to Tweet with the crew LIVE this Sunday at 10 p.m. while watching Salvage Dawgs on diy Network! @blackdogsalvage & @blkdogwhiteside

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Season 4 Premieres Tonight on DIY Network and Features Thompson Square

Sound the horns! Alert the media! Season 4 is debuting at last, blasting into the new Season with sirens blaring, wrecking balls swinging and guitars strumming. We couldn’t wait to show everyone what we made for Country Superstars, Thompson Square, so the last episode, (413) is the first in line this time around.

We go big, heavy, and loud here at Black Dog, so it was no surprise to our neighbors when Mike started hand-cranking an old Civil Defense Siren out in the parking lot. Capable of being heard over a mile away, everyone in Southwest Roanoke is sleeping a little sounder now that this deafening contraption has SOLD.

There is only one place you can call when you don’t want to see a 1860’s cast iron storefront fall by the wayside. The Dawgs are up to the task, carefully removing the structure piece by piece while keeping it from breaking into pieces. This is one amazing architectural gem that you couldn’t reproduce today.  We also grabbed some fantastic Cypress wood joists great for outdoor projects. We have many of these 23’ boards available for $275 each along with store front that can be yours for a cool $18k. 

The guys in the shop skillfully maneuver a gigantic slab of Beli wood out of the marketplace to construct a gorgeous dining table with benches. Beautiful Egyptian Iron pieces were added to give it the signature Black Dog look and the necessary touch for the Tuscan feel our clients were searching for. Personally delivering to Keifer & Shawna in their Southern Alabama home meant the Dawgs were treated to a great private performance.  And now it’s a treat for Salvage Dawgs viewers as well! Are you gonna watch it, or what?

Tune in to the DIY Network  Tonight at 10 p.m. and get ready for one wild ride of a Season. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Caring for Natural Bristle Brushes

I can hear my mother now telling me to invest in a good pair of shoes, or one nice dress, or a fine piece of furniture.  Not me, I always put my money into the tools of my craft, my art.  A good natural bristle brush is an investment as they are expensive, but worth the money.   

A good brush makes your work easier, more comfortable, and produces the best results.  It is similar to your well-worn shoes, your thread bare but comfy bathrobe, or your favorite pair of jeans…you just can’t replace em.  I don’t know about you, but when my favorite pair of jeans start to fray and wear, it is then that I start to nurse them along, wash them by hand, hang them to dry, treat them better.  If only I had been kinder to them in the beginning they might have lasted a little longer. I know it is going to be difficult, at best, to replace them. This applies to your art tools as well, especially your brushes. We all have our favorite brush, whether it is one for painting trim, furniture, or fine art.  A good brush is like a best friend, you need to treat it with care from the beginning so it will last a lifetime. 

Recently a customer asked me how I care for my Annie Sloan Brushes.  She had watched a video about brush care on the internet (not an Annie Sloan produced video). The woman in the video instructed her audience to soak their brushes overnight in hot soapy water and then rinse them in the morning.  I gasped; not only is that wrong, it will ruin your brushes!  If you follow this practice, one morning you will wake up to find a tub of bristles separated from the handles. Never SOAK your brushes in hot water, especially in hot soapy water, as this will soften the glue holding your bristles within the ferrule.

Another misnomer is to put your brush in a plastic bag and freeze it between uses.  NO! You can certainly bag your brush while you take a break, eat lunch, etc. but never freeze your brush as you are freezing paint into your brush. If you need to leave your project for a while simply bag the whole brush, or wrap the head of the brush in cellophane and rubber band it around the handle. You can even bag a brush over night, but not continuously, everything eventually needs a bath to be at its best.  
The following steps should be used for the care of your natural bristle brushes when used with water based paint. If you follow these practices your brushes should be in your hand for a lifetime.

Caring for Natural Bristle Brushes used with Water Based Paints

1. Always wash a new brush before you use it.  I use Dawn Liquid Detergent in the shop, but you can use most any detergent that doesn’t contain bleach.  Bleach will dry out your bristles. I squeeze the detergent into my hand and then carefully mash my brush bristles into the soap. Rinse with cool water. This will help remove any loose bristles before you begin to paint.  This step will prevent those pesky hairs from ending up on your canvas, chair, or trim.  Once you have washed your brush smack it on the palm of your hand or on a table top to loosen any stray hairs.

2. When you finish painting for the day try to remove the majority of the paint from the brush onto your work before you start to clean the brush. The less paint in the brush, the easier it will be to clean.  Rinse the brush holding it by the handle with the brush end pointing down into the water stream.  Do not hold the brush head under the water with the bristles pointing up as this will push the paint down into the brush.  Pour some detergent into your hand and gently mash the bristles into the soap, working them up into the brush. Repeat this step till the water runs clear when you rinse out the soap.

3. Always condition your natural bristle brushes after washing. Once my brush has been washed I squirt a small amount of inexpensive hair conditioner into my palm and work it into the brush just like I do when I condition my own hair.  Rinse with cool water and shape the brush.  

 4. Hang your brushes to dry. Do not dry your brushes upside down.  If there is any residual paint in the brush it will settle down into the bristles close to the ferrule and will eventually cause the bristles to break.  I prefer to hang my brushes over the sink to dry.  You can use some wire to create “hooks” and hang the brushes off the faucet, thus allowing any water to drip into the sink.  Once dry, the brushes are returned to the brush board.  For my fine art natural bristle brushes, I wash them as I have described and lay them on a shop towel to dry. Once dry they are returned to their proper containers for storage.

Lastly, if you paint a lot you might consider investing in a brush “comb”.  You can find them in any hardware store.  This tool helps “comb” the paint out of the interior of the brush.  It should also have a half circle cut side that is used to clean paint rollers.  Just run that edge down your paint roller and you will be surprised how quickly the paint comes out.  This tool cuts my cleaning time by half.

Hope these tips help you with the care of your brushes.

Happy Painting!

Susan Hudson

Friday, May 22, 2015

Up-cycling with Woodcraft & Black Dog Salvage

 Black Dog Salvage is proud to partner with Woodcraft, one of the oldest and largest suppliers of woodworking tools and supplies, to promote the growing up-cycling movement!
If you have had the chance to see behind the scenes here at the Black Dog shop you would know that Woodcraft helps make it all possible. Haven't been to visit yet?
Here's a tour:

Why Woodcraft? 

Woodcraft has the products that will help any DIY enthusiast transform salvage into treasure. We've heard from people that Salvage Dawgs has helped inspire them to see things differently and to save items that once would have been destined for the dump. From hand tools to power tools to finishing products Woodcraft can not only help you select the right tools for the job but you get expert knowledge from friendly people who are passionate about up-cycling and who use these products every day. You just can't get that from a big box store.

Don't be intimidated, everyone has to start somewhere! Woodcraft has classes to help you learn the basics of hand and power tools all the way up to classes for completed projects. It's easier than you think.  (Click here to find your nearest location)

We were recently introduced to the greater Woodcraft family at their National Sales Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Louisville, KY.  It was great to meet so many dedicated store owners, sales managers and vendors with a passion for woodworking. We discovered that each owner has a unique story and path that brought them to Woodcraft.  Ask them to share their story, we promise you'll be inspired. If you haven't visited your local Woodcraft store, go now! 

Fun facts about Woodcraft: 

  • Facebook's Menlo, CA Campus has a state-of-the-art Woodcraft Shop and Mini Store - one of the many perks for Facebook employees!  
  • Hawaii is one of the top Woodcraft stores (next on our bucket list!).
  • Woodcraft of Rockville offers a Woodworkers Club with access to tools, materials and classes.

Vince Grlovich, Woodcraft Vice President for Sales and Marketing, introduced Mike and Robert during the conference to discuss our partnership and the importance of reclaiming and re-purposing salvaged materials. 

In addition to the conference, we had the opportunity to participate in the Woodcraft Vendor Trade Show - which was a ton of fun!   Our vintage ShowHauler provided a unique setting for our booth. One might call this a mullet on wheels... party up front (RV) and business in the back (garage).

 We had the pleasure of meeting Nick Cook, master wood turner and demonstrator for Powermatic, and Nancy Farris, with Robert Sorby.

Nick even offered to come see us in Roanoke for a wood turning demonstration!  We're excited to make that happen and will post more information, when available.

It was great to meet fellow Woodcraft partners Scott and Suzy Phillps of The American Woodshop and Tommy Mac of Rough Cuts.

Fun fact:
The American Woodshop's ratings soared 43% when Suzy joined the show!


 Do you remember this mirror

We were happy to send Dwayne Ernest, owner of Woodcraft of Phoenix (and Salvage Dawgs fan!), home with the mirror - thanks Dwayne!

 We brought a few custom pieces from the shop including this coffee table made from a salvaged window frame.

Be sure to check out the June/July 2015 issue of Woodcraft Magazine for the article
 "Making Good with Salvaged Wood"

We had the opportunity to show Salvage Dawgs episodes on our tailgate thanks to Lee Hartman and Sons.  They are experts in the Audio Visual world and just plain great folks to work with all around.  Headquartered in Roanoke since 1936, they have offices throughout the Mid Atlantic, Ohio Valley and Southeastern United States.  Check them out for any AV design, installation, rental or sales needs!

 Overall, we had a wonderful time in Louisville, KY getting to know the Woodcraft Family.
We look forward to up-cycling together!

Woodcraft Vendor Trade Show - products that caught our eye!

L-R: Tommy Mac (Rough Cuts), Scott and Suzy Phillips (The American Woodshop), Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside (Black Dog Salvage)

Each year Woodcraft hosts a private Vendor Trade Show for franchise owners and sales managers to meet their vendors and learn about the products first hand.  As partners with Woodcraft, we enjoyed the opportunity to participate and get a front row look at the latest tools available on the market.

Here are a few products that caught our eye:

The Festool TSC 55 Cordless Track Saw

Play the video above to see how much dust this incredible cordless tool can catch!

Apollo Sprayers
 These High-Volume, Low-Pressure (HVLP) sprayers save on waste and are highly efficient.  We can't wait to try this product out in the shop!

GRR-Ripper by Micro Jig

You know it's a good product when it's introduced to you by another vendor!  The fine folks at Kreg told us we had to check out Grr-Ripper by Micro Jeg.  These innovative tools are designed to protect one thing... your fingers.  We can't wait to try them - not that there's anything wrong with missing fingers.  We understand.
Soy Gel Professional Paint Stripper  - we can't wait to try this!  If you've ever stripped a piece of furniture, you know that "100% biodegradable, has no known health hazards, is virtually odorless, and best of all, it works" was music to our ears.

General Finishes

We enjoyed meeting Tom and Sheryl Monahan from General Finishes. Our finishing crew works exclusively with General Finishes' Polyurethane and are told that we'll see great savings when we use the Apollo  Sprayers (mentioned above).


You may have seen the K'A'RCHER 'Clean Team' join forces with Nicole Curtis (from HGTV's Rehab Addict) to help clean up Detroit.  They are simply awesome. People and Products. Win Win.  Check them out HERE.

Fein MultiMaster & Hammer Drill Renovation Kit

Top notch quality and precision... and best of all it's cordless.
The ultimate tool for the Dawgs on the road!

These and many more products are available online and at your local Woodcraft store.

WIN a Honda Generator EU2000i and tune in to the DIY Network - Sunday, June 7th at 10pm EST for the Season 4 premiere of Salvage Dawgs!

A new season of Salvage Dawgs premieres June 7th at 10pm EST on the DIY Network. 

To celebrate, we are giving away our favorite generator — the EU2000i.

While Sally watches over the shop, our trusty companion for any salvage job is a portable generator. The Dawgs have come to rely on the Honda EU2000i to shed light on forgotten treasures and power up needed tools. To celebrate the premier of Season 4 of Salvage Dawgs, one lucky winner will receive an EU2000I ($1149.95 value), with prizes drawn daily.

Prizes include:
• 1 (one) Honda EU2000i Generator
• 48 (forty-eight) Honda Generator Hats
• 24 (twenty-four) Black Dog Salvage/Honda Generator Mugs

Click HERE to enter 
Sweepstakes runs from May 22, 2015 - June 6, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Depression Glassware

Depression Glassware doesn’t sound very enticing, but it is actually quite lovely.  It came about during our country’s Great Depression.  A loaf of bread cost about a nickel, and so did a simple pressed glass dish from the five and dime store.  That little dish brought some color into an otherwise bleak time period for our country.  

Over a hundred patterns of Depression Glassware were manufactured in the U.S. by approximately 20 companies and distributed across the United States and Canada during the 1920’s thru the 40’s.  The most prevalent colors were light to medium green, pink, amber, along with clear glass. Fewer pieces were made in amethyst, true canary yellow, cobalt blue, opaque black, jadeite, white milk glass, and red.  With pattern names like Patrician, Old Colony, Holiday, Queen Mary, Royal Lace, Princess, and Cherry Blossom, the lady of the house could add a bit of elegance to her table for little to no expense.

Food companies would give away pieces as premiums inside their product’s box.  When you filled up your car, gas stations would give you a different piece of a collection each month. If you spent a certain amount in the grocery store you could “earn” a new piece for your dining table each week. Some companies gave away pieces of Depression Glassware if you just came into their place of business. Fairs used the glassware as prizes for their games. Toss the penny in the dish and it would be yours.

This glassware was not expensive to manufacture.  There were flaws in the glass, obvious seams, etc., but getting something for free in such a desperate time was uplifting.  The glass brought color into the home, elevated spirits, and was considered a “prize”.  

Since the 1960’s people have been collecting Depression Glassware.  While some pieces can still be had for a few dollars at yard sales and antique malls, rarer patterns and colors can command prices in the hundred’s.  Before the creation of online shopping with sources like eBay, collectors had to travel and network among themselves in order to find pieces to complete their collections.  Today you can find a plethora of depression glassware on the internet.  But watch out, a number of different companies are reproducing the old patterns and it is becoming harder and harder to determine was is real depression glassware and what is a reproduction.  

The National Depression Glassware Association is a great source of information.  On their website you can find out when and where the next show and sale of Depression Glassware is to take place, purchase books concerning the glassware,  meet collectors and exchange information, and learn all about the different patterns and manufacturers of the glass.

Happy Collecting!

Susan Hudson