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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 - 30% off Soldering Iron Holder
Weekly Special - 30% off Soldering Iron Holder

This device is designed to hold all makes of soldering irons whose sheaths are less than 1" in diameter. This includes all of the irons we sell EXCEPT the #6867 Imported Soldering Iron, and the two largest Esico irons, #7004 (150W) and #7006 (200W). Of cast iron construction, it has a heavy base to discourage tipping. Sponge included. Imported.

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Carved Bavarian Crystal Jewel Makeover!
Carved Bavarian Crystal Jewel Makeover!

Now you can see us more clearly! We've been on the Whittemore-Durgin website since the beginning, but our photos were from before the digital age and you couldn't see how beautiful we really are. You couldn't see our detailed relief or intaglio carvings, and our beveled or faceted edges.

Even though our photos are are new, we are vintage, and being made in West Germany before the wall came down now makes us collectible. 

Let us add some romance to your masterpiece.

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Stained Glass CLASSES - foil, lead, fusing and mosaics
Stained Glass CLASSES - foil, lead, fusing and mosaics

We have several classes to choose from, all held here at our store in Rockland, Mass.:

Beginner and Advanced Copper Foil - Starting April 3

This 2-hour class session is held Mondays for 8 weeks starting April 3. The Beginner Stained Glass Course is for absolute beginners. All tools and materials will be provided. Choose 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Only $120 for the entire 8 weeks. The Advanced Stained Glass Course is for more experienced students. Choose 12:30pm or 6 p.m. Only $100.

Intro to Lead - Starting April 8

This 2-hour class session is 8 weeks long, held on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon, beginning April 8. Learn the history of leadworking, how to use the tools, and how to design and construct a window using lead came. For experienced students only. Just $120 for the entire 8 weeks.

All Whittemore-Durgin students receive a 10% student discount on all items in our store.

Check back for future Mosaics and fusing classes, date TBA.

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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 Theresa or Patty. Your order will be carefully packed by Kathrene. Roger cuts the glass and does stained glass repair and custom work in our studio. Dick and John teach classes. The owners, Kevin and Kathy -- that's them, on the right -- often answer the phone, and (once in a blue moon) might cut glass or pack orders when things get really busy or someone is out sick. 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.

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Thank you for your business!