Our store in Rockland will be closed Monday, July 4, in recognition of Independence Day.
As always, you may browse and place orders on our website. We will also endeavor to answer your phone calls and reply to your emails in a timely fashion.

NEW HOURS! We are open 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.

Weekly Special: 20% off Tinned Copper Wire!

20% off Tinned Copper Wire! Through Monday, July 11.

This tin-plated copper wire solders very readily to lead or foil. It is often used in small loops to provide a place for attaching nylon thread or chain for hanging your stained glass suncatcher or panel. Easily bendable, it can be used in many other ways in the design and construction of stained glass works.

18 Gauge Tinned Copper Wire, 50 ft
18 Gauge Tinned Copper Wire, 50 ft
Item no: 7342
Arcor Electronics item: C18 3386
Retail price: $6.23 $4.98 /roll
In stock:  81  (units: roll)
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18-gauge tin-plated copper wire in a 4 oz. spool, or about 50 feet.

14 Gauge (Heavy) Tinned Copper Wire, 20 ft
14 Gauge (Heavy) Tinned Copper Wire, 20 ft
Item no: 6861
Arcor Electronics item: C14
Retail price: $5.98 $4.78
In stock:  55 
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This is 14 gauge tin-plated copper wire in a 4 ounce spool, or about 20 feet. Remember, 14 gauge is heavier than 18 gauge, because that's how wire works.

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 Mondays starting July 11

  • Lead Came: 8-week courses on Saturdays starting September 11
  • Independent studio time: starting immediately!

All Whittemore-Durgin students enrolled in 8-week courses receive a 10% student discount on all items in our store. Additionally, each week a special store discount will be offered exclusively for students. You can easily cover the cost of your course with the money saved with these discounts!

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New grinder gadgets and accessories
Invisible Sponge BitSert for Inland Grinders, 3/4"
Invisible Sponge BitSert for Inland Grinders, 3/4"
Item no: 7079B
Inland/Reentel International item: 40035
Retail price: $10.03 /each
6 or more $9.03 (10% discount)
In stock:  12  (units: each)
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The Invisible Sponge BitSert is a sponge-free cooling option when grinding with diamond bits for longer bit life and faster grinding. For use with the Wizard IV, WizCG, and WizlingCG grinders. Diameter 3/4″.

Standard BitSert for Inland Grinders, 3/4"
Standard BitSert for Inland Grinders, 3/4"
Item no: 7078B
Inland/Reentel International item: 40036
Retail price: $7.17 /each
6 or more $6.45 (10% discount)
In stock:  11  (units: each)
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The Standard BitSert holds your coolant sponge in the proper position to keep your diamond grinding bits properly lubricated while working on the Wizard IV, WizCG, and WizlingCG grinders. Diameter 3/4″

Nick's Grinder's Mate by Aanraku
Nick's Grinder's Mate by Aanraku
Item no: 6777
Aanraku Glass Studios item: NGM
Retail price: $19.85 /each
3 or more $17.87 (10% discount)
6 or more $15.88 (20% discount)
In stock:  18  (units: each)
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As much as you love working with glass, sometimes glass grinding can get a bit tedious, amiright? This little grinding tool will change that for good. It features a sturdy spring-loaded hinge and rubber jaws to grip the glass firmly. The open space between the handles gives your hand plenty of room for flexibility to support the glass as you see fit. Its wide base keeps the glass at right angles to the grinder head. All these features help protect your finger tips, and improve grinding accuracy and speed. You'll wonder why you waited so long to buy yourself this valuable tool.

Inland WB-9F 1" (25mm) Fine Bit
Inland WB-9F 1" (25mm) Fine Bit
Item no: 7088F
Inland/Reentel International item: 40196
Retail price: $37.64 /each
6 or more $33.88 (10% discount)
In stock:  11  (units: each)
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The Inland WB-1F Fine bit has a 220 grit, for when you want to create a smooth edge,.This quality Inland bit can be used wet or dry to grind and shape a wide range of products for hobby and home projects. The diamond coating on your Inland diamond grinding head will never peel from the drum, or Inland will replace it for free for the life of the diamonds. Inland bits fit all American and German-made glass grinders and some Chinese models as well. 1" diameter, 5/8" long diamond section, 5/16" shaft hole. 220 grit
Inland Fuse Bit (220 grit)
Inland Fuse Bit (220 grit)
Item no: 70862
Inland/Reentel International item: GB-FUSE-220-5/16
Retail price: $16.65
6 or more $14.99 (10% discount)
In stock:  4 
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The Fuse Bit is like having two bits in one. Use as a standard bit or use the ripple part of the bit to grind the edge of your glass pieces that have heavy texture to provide a smoother surface for easier copper foiling and burnishing. The Fuse Bit is ideal for shaping all types of glass, tile, stone and similar materials.

This bit is basically the more refined brother of the rather coarse and, frankly, uncivilized #7085 Inland WB-1R Ripple Bit (100 grit), for those of you keeping track of such things.

Mika 1-1/2" Super Fine Grit Beveling Bit
Mika 1-1/2" Super Fine Grit Beveling Bit
Item no: 7062R
Mika International item: ME-11SFT
Retail price: $72.00
3 or more $64.80 (10% discount)
6 or more $57.60 (20% discount)
In stock:  9 
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A 1-1/2" diameter bit that will fit all grinders that will accept 3/4" or 1" bits. The bit puts a 7 degree beveled edge on your glass,.


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 Kerry, or maybe 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 by Bill and Ian. 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" (you'll need to make an apointment first), and take a step back in time.

Thanks for reading, and...

Thank you for your business!