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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 Novacan Grinder Coolant

One week only, through February 8.

Novacan Grinder Coolant (8 oz.)
Novacan Grinder Coolant (8 oz.)
Item no:6832
Novacan item:
Retail price:$6.61 $4.63/each
In stock: 18 (units: each)
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Add a few capfuls of Novacan Stained Glass Grinder Coolant to your grinder's water reservoir every time you change the water. It helps to cool and clean your grinding bits, which will make them work better and last longer. 8 oz. bottle.

New tools and gadgets

New handy gadgets to help you with your stained glass work. You'll wonder how you managed all these years without them.

Burnisher-Lathekin Flat
Burnisher-Lathekin Flat
Item no:6823
Retail price:$3.13
In stock: 17 
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Call it a burnisher, call it a fid, call it a cuticle pusher (ouch!), however you choose to use this gadget is completely up to you. In lead work, the pointy end is generally used to open and close came, and to work the glazing compound into small spaces as well as to remove excess. In foil work, the blunt end is used to burnish foil. Made of tough resilient nylon. On this tool, the burnishing end runs parallel to the rest of the tool, whereas on some other burnishers it is perpendicular.

Glastar Stripper and Circle Cutter
Glastar Stripper and Circle Cutter
Item no:6796
Glastar item:
Retail price:$45.68
In stock: 2 
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This tool can save you hours of time if you need to cut the same size glass repeatedly. Use it to cut thick or thin borders, rectangles, squares, diamonds, or other straight-edged shapes. With the Glastar Stripper and Circle Cutter you can cut strips from 1/2" to 12" wide. In addition, the Circle Cutter scores perfect circles from 3" to 25" in diameter. The multi-wheel cutter, or turret, contains six high-quality cutting wheels. Replacement turrets available. Comes with instructions.

Staedtler black very fine glass marking pen
Staedtler black very fine glass marking pen
Item no:6812F
Marcal item:
Retail price:$3.28/each
In stock: 6 (units: each)
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If you ever draw lines or patterns on glass to help you cut more accurately, you may find that the typical Sharpie-type pen can't always give you the detail you need. Here's a very fine black pen that will give you that detail. This superior quality Staedtler Lumocolor permanent black fine pen writes well on glass and wipes off easily. It is water resistant and smear resistant.

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 Nancy, who's been with us for 30-something years; or Theresa, our newest employee. 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.

Thanks for reading, and...

Thank you for your business!