Our regular hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

Stained Glass CLASSES
Stained Glass CLASSES

Whether you are just beginning or have been working with glass for years, we have a class for you!

  • Beginner Copper Foil: 8-week courses on Monday mornings or evenings starting TBA! ‚Äč

  • Intermediate Copper Foil: 4-week course with Brenda on Thursday evenings starting TBA!

  • Advanced Stained Glass Skills: 4-week course with Kathrene on Monday afternoons starting TBA!

  • Advanced Stained Glass Skills: 4-week course with Kathrene on Tuesday evenings starting TBA!

  • Independent studio time: available now!

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

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Gift Basket 2023

The Holidays Are Coming! The Holidays Are Coming!

Looking for the perfect gift for the glass enthusiast in your life? Just need one more thing to round out their christmas grab bag? Each week, we'll be sharing selections on the front page of products any enthusiast would be happy to see in their hands this season!

Hakko FX-601 Temperature Control Soldering Iron
Hakko FX-601 Temperature Control Soldering Iron
Item no: 6872
Hakko item: FX601-2/P
Retail price: $108.20 /each
In stock:  7  (units: each)
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The Hakko FX-601 soldering iron is lightweight and reliable, and has a temperature controller built right in! It's no wonder that it has become the most popular iron for the stained glass hobbyist. We use them in our classes here at Whittemore-Durgin, and the students quickly fall in love (with the iron, not each other). Comes with a 3/16" tip.

Fletcher-Terry Designer II Pistol Grip Cutter
Fletcher-Terry Designer II Pistol Grip Cutter
Item no: 6994
Fletcher-Terry item: 01-714
Retail price: $57.37 /each
5 or more $51.63 (10% discount)
In stock:  9  (units: each)
Expected soon:10(units: each)
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You will be amazed at how comfortable this glass cutter is. Use your whole hand, not just your fingers, to make your score. No more hand cramps! Carbide blade lasts a long time and scores like a dream.

EDCO Black Back Copper Foil 7/32 in
EDCO Black Back Copper Foil 7/32 in
Item no: 7264B
EDCO item: CF44
Retail price: $13.88 /each
3 or more $12.49 (10% discount)
6 or more $11.10 (20% discount)
In stock:  81  (units: each)
Expected soon:72(units: each)
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7/32" x 36 yds x .001" Limit 6 per customer, please. 


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 (Ira Whittemore having passed away by then), 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 as the Stained Glass Starter Kit. 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 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 Brenda or Ian. There's a chance that Kathy or Kevin, who own the company -- that's them, on the right -- will pick up the phone  Your order will be carefully packed by Brenda or Ian, most likely. The task of cutting the glass is done mostly by Bill. We have a small set of trusted stained glass artists who do repairs for us. 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!