September 2019 Artist-of-the-Month: Pete Baxter

Pete Baxter is a first generation woodworker specializing in Shaker chairs and oval boxes. He is self-taught in both mediums.

The interest in Shaker furniture started in undergraduate school with an elective course on Shaker life. A life long resident of Seymour, IN his workshop is in a building constructed by his maternal grandfather in the early 1950's. He operates an appointment only Gallery in the heart of historic downtown Seymour in a building owned by his family since 1940.

Baxter has earned membership into both the Indiana Artisan and Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsman, and his work has juried into Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts for 2012 through 2016. The Directory is an honor bestowed on a handful of Artisans who work in traditional media, style, and crafts. An artisans work must be rated a Master or Museum Quality level for inclusion in the Directory.