Since 2016, Keith Whitesel, owner and operator of Whitesel Stained Glass on Pine Street, has been repairing stained glass windows, teaching private classes and making custom stained glass pieces for sale.
He even started this business in his home until he moved to the back of his Pine Street building in 2017 and to his current location in 2018.
“As a kid, I was always fascinated with the windows in our church,” Whitesel said. “When I had the opportunity to take a class on it, I took one and have been addicted to it ever since.”
At the business, Whitesel creates his own custom windows, holiday glass art and pieces with cups and plates incorporated in them.
His private classes start with groups of four or more people and right now he is doing them in groups of seven separated by plexiglass or plastic guards to keep six feet distancing during the pandemic.
Individuals can take introductory classes with pre-cut glass kits and assembling them for gifts or just to start learning about stained glass and assembling.
“In the introduction classes to allow people to get their feet wet,” Whitesel said.
He also teaches beginner classes and advanced classes.
Before retiring in 2016, Whitesel taught basic stained glass classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology and Bloomsburg University.
The classes are right there in his store, surrounded by at least 6,000 square feet of glass, art pieces and tools for local hobbyists and artists.
Whitesel mentioned to the Sun-Gazette that he also donates stained glass pieces to local organizations and charities for raffles.
For more information visit Whitesel’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhiteselStainedGlass and website at https://whiteselstainedglass.com/
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