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.


Basic Fusing Course - Saturdays

Basic Fusing Course - Saturdays

Item no:
8Beginner Fusing
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Retail price:$30.00



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This course consists of two 2-hour classes, held on Saturday mornings from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 25 and May 2, 2015 at our Rockland, Mass., store and taught by Theresa.

It is an introductory class, where you will learn about the terminology and types of fusing, and how to use a Fuseworks Microwave Kiln and a more traditional Quickfire kiln to create a pendant, a drawer pull and a fridge magnet.

Weekly Special - 25% off lead lengths

One week only, 25% off. Through April 27.

Lead Came in 6-foot Lengths
Lead Came in 6-foot Lengths

We make our lead came using our own dies and our own unique alloy. We make it in house on our amazing lead extrusion machine. If you were to see the machine in person, we think you would agree it has a distinct Steampunk vibe about it.

The lengths are approximately 6'-0", and are priced per length.

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The Technique of Leaded Glass

The Technique of Leaded Glass

Item no:
3394
Dover Publications item:
0486426076

Retail price:$19.85


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This is a paperback version of a hardcover book originally published under the name "Leaded Glass" in 1975. Much like the craft itself, this book has withstood the test of time. Alastair Duncan takes the reader from the history of stained glass, to the tools and techniques, to design and construction of lampshades and windows. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have been doing stained glass for many years, you will learn much more from this comprehensive tome. In fact, it is so complete in its coverage of the subject, you might consider this a reference book. Unlike some newer how-to books, it will not entertain you with splashy color photos. However, what it lacks in eye candy, it more than makes up for in countless black and white instructional drawings and photographs (and four full-color pages). 216 pages. Dover Publications.


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 34 years. Your order will be carefully packed by Kathrene. The owners, Kevin and Kathy (that's them, on the right), often answer the phone, and sometimes pack orders when things get busy.

Roger cuts the glass and does stained glass repair and custom work in our studio. 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!