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Whittemore-Durgin Stained Glass Supplies
825 Market St., Rockland MA 02370
Phone: 781-871-1790  Toll-free: 800-262-1790
Stained glass supplies, art and architectural glass, and so much more.
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Stained glass supplies, art and architectural glass, and much more.


Weekly Special: Glastar "L" Square 30% off

This handy doo-dad is on sale through Monday, September 24.

Glastar "L" Square for Glass Cutting
Glastar "L" Square for Glass Cutting
Item no: 6921
Glastar item: 40377
Retail price: $7.46 $5.22
In stock: 4 
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This L square is perfect for accurately cutting pieces of glass up to 12-1/2" wide. It has a ridge running along each outer edge, which you place against the edge of your glass so it stays put while you're scoring. Made with non-abrasive material that will not scratch glass. And it's a pretty purple color.

Hummingbirds galore!

We've gathered together a number of our products that are sure to interest you hummingbird fans out there. We have stained glass patterns, etching stencils and lead-free castings. Enjoy!

Hummingbird stained glass patterns
Hummingbird stained glass patterns

These Carolyn Kyle (CKE) patterns are out of print, but we have a few left for you! Special instructions are given for any unusual aspects of each pattern. A list of materials is given for two skill levels. The patterns are plastic-packed and relatively germ-free.

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Hummingbird etching stencils
Hummingbird etching stencils

Rub 'n' Etch stencils are delicate pre-cut stencils that can be "rubbed onto" the glass. After etching, they are easily removed. (They are not reusable). Each sheet is 5" x 8" and contains a variety of subjects. They are packaged to include a wooden burnisher and complete instructions. All you need is some Armour Etching Cream, a small brush and some clear glass. (Protective gloves are recommended.)

Peel 'n' Etch stencils are pre-cut adhesive backed vinyl stencils, so they are more robust than the Rub 'n' Etch, and can be used for painting and other applications. (They are also not reusable.) Most are approximately 6" or 7" square, and contain just one design.

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Hummingbird lead-free castings
Hummingbird lead-free castings

These sculpted lead-free castings come with patterns (downloadable) and suggestions for adding glass to create beautiful three-dimensional figurines. Made of a lead-free alloy, the castings accept black patina. After application, a light brushing with fine steel wool effects the look of pewter. The castings may also be painted.

Add wings to make your own unique three-dimensional hummingbirds.

Images shown are finished items. Product includes casting only.

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Welcome to Whittemore-Durgin!

Do you want to learn how to do stained glass? We're here to help you get started. You see, we know stained glass supplies. We've been selling the stuff since 1965.

Remember the old hardware store, back when you were a kid? Where you knew you could get just about anything -- even if you didn't know exactly what you needed? And remember the folks behind the counter who would help you figure it all out? Well, that's us. Except it's stained glass supplies. Our store is chock full of everything you need to create stained glass works of art -- colored and clear glass, tools, solder, foil, lead, flux, patina, and more -- and our experienced staff will take the time to help you figure it all out.


A brief history of Whittemore-Durgin

By Kathleen Hepburn

Whittemore-Durgin began in 1926 in Quincy, Mass., as a plate glass company. The company also produced stained and leaded glass windows. Irving McClair was the craftsman when my parents bought the company in the late 1950s from Chester Durgin and Ira Whittemore, and Mr. McClair was quite well known for his talent and artistry.


Irving McClair at his work table.

One day in 1965, a student from Massachusetts College of Art requested some pieces of glass for an art project. Dad immediately packaged up some glass from Mr. McClair's scrap glass bucket that had been destined for the trash bin, sold it to the student as "stained glass remnants" -- and the rest, as they say, is history.

Mom and Dad placed a one-inch ad in Yankee Magazine, and enlisted my siblings, my cousins, and several of their friends (and eventually even me, as a small child) to wrap glass in newspaper, coil up lead and solder, add some instructions, and package it all up into shipping boxes. Whittemore-Durgin Stained Glass Supplies was born! More ads were placed, and requests for supplies came in from far and wide. To this day you can see the envelopes on display in our front foyer with stamps from all over the world.

Because these supplies had only been available to professional stained glass craftspeople, the pent-up demand caused Whittemore-Durgin to grow very quickly. The business spilled over into the basement of our house, then to a small building in Hanover. In 1971 we moved to our current 13,000 square foot location in Rockland.

Since that fateful day in 1965, hundreds of thousands of stained glass hobbyists, from the beginner to the master craftsman, have bought their stained glass and supplies from Whittemore-Durgin, many of them returning year after year. Nearly every day we get a phone call, e-mail, or visit in our store in Rockland from someone who says, "I got my start back in the 70's with Whittemore-Durgin," or, "I used to buy stained glass from you 30 years ago. I'm so glad to know you're still here!"

Kathy, co-owner of Whittemore-Durgin Glass Co. Kevin, co-owner of Whittemore-Durgin Glass Co.

With such a history, and a large inventory, you might think we're a huge company but we're not, really. If you call us, you'll most likely talk to Kathy or Kevin, who own the company -- that's them, on the right . Your order will be carefully packed by Kathrene. The task of cutting the glass is currently shared by Kevin, Bill and Roger. Roger also does stained glass repair and custom work in our studio. Our newest employee, Lindsay, helps staff the front counter and is learning everything very quickly. Dick and John teach classes. And Mr. Early A. Consternation, Manager of Externals, still responds to your kind letters from time to time.

Our store in Rockland hasn't changed much since 1971. It's much like an old-fashioned hardware store, where you ask the person at the front counter for an obscure item -- a style of glass, or a certain tool, or a pattern or book -- and more often than not, we have it. We hope you'll drop by if you're ever in the neighborhood and say, "Hello" -- and take a step back in time.

Thanks for reading, and...

Thank you for your business!