Karina Steele, who makes whimsical hand-carved wooden spoons and kitchen tools, will speak about her process of designing and carving in the Craftswomen of the Midcoast lecture series Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library.

Steele’s woodworking education began only a few years ago. After spending more 15 years working in the ski industry and landscaping, she started taking classes in woodworking and furniture making. She started with a short course at the California College of Art in San Francisco, then headed across the country to the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.

“This school brought me from someone who had rarely handled even a drill, to someone who knew the importance of a very sharp chisel,” she said.

Steele spent two years on campus, as a student and as an artist in residence in the Fellowship program. She made the official move from Colorado to Maine in the summer of 2015 and is now working for herself, creating small household items — concentrating primarily in spoons and kitchen utensils. She will bring her spoons and will let attendees see and feel them.

For more information on the Craftswomen of the Midcoast lecture series, and to suggest speakers, contact Cayla Miller at cmiller@librarycamden.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.