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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 - 25% off Safety Glasses

25% off these stylish Safety Glasses through Monday, August 26.

Safety Glasses
Safety Glasses
Item no: 7008
Diamond Tech item: FW702
Retail price: $4.61 $3.46
In stock:  27 
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Adjustable clear safety glasses. These glasses protect your eyeballs from little bits of glass, which can attack when you least expect it. You needn't be grinding up a storm to be hit with minute airborne particles -- simply stacking glass or breaking out a score can result in tiny shards flying at you. These fully adjustable glasses are lightweight, comfortable and stylish, unlike those big old goggles that you might have purchased but never wear. One-piece polycarbonate lens with integral sideshields, they even filter out 99.9 percent of UV radiation, so you can use them for outdoor activities as well.

The packaging will say either Studio Pro or Fuseworks, but they are exactly the same safety glasses regardless, made by the same mysterious overseas manufacturer.

Intermediate Foil Course - 4 Thursdays starting Sept. 5
Intermediate Foil Course - 4 Thursdays starting Sept. 5
Item no: 4IntermediateThurs6pm
Whittemore-Durgin item: Intermediate Sat 10am
Retail price: $100.00
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This 2-hour class session is 4 weeks long, held on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m beginning September 5, 2019, at our Rockland, Mass., store.

Have you taken our beginner class, but don't quite feel "advanced"? Would you like to learn more skills, with the help of a true expert? Then this Intermediate Stained Glass Class is for you!

Taught by Kathrene Corliss, this four-week course will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Kathrene is an expert stained glass artist, and an experienced and enthusiastic teacher. Students will create a specific stained glass panel, designed by Kathrene in order to give you the opportunity to learn the many skills she will be teaching, such as how to use the Morton System for borders, how to cut circles, how to use the Inland Score One, and how to frame in zinc. 

We know this will be a excellent course to add to your stained glass experience!

Leadworking Course - 8 Saturdays starting Sept. 7
Leadworking Course - 8 Saturdays starting Sept. 7
Item no: 6BeginnerLeadSat10am
Retail price: $160.00
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Learn the history of leadworking, how to use the tools, and how to design and construct a window using lead came. (Not a beginner stained glass course; requires prior experience in glass cutting and soldering!!) This 2-hour class session is 8 weeks long, and scheduled for Saturday mornings beginning September 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Only $160.


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!