Sarasota Woodworking: For the Love of It

I’m a focused person and when I get passionate about a subject I’m typically “all in.”  My wife often doesn’t see this as a positive personality trait and will comment, “There he goes again, Mr. OCD.”  Whether it’s designing custom closets, cooking, understanding how the internet works, or training for the sport of triathlon—when I get interested in something, I really enjoy the educational process that comes with learning the subject matter.  But, enough about me…

Not long ago, I was asked by a friend if I would be willing to speak at a local club about Closet Tec.  I was a bit reluctant because the business is booming and honestly I don’t have many spare moments.  However, this was a good friend who has done so much for my family that I felt compelled to do it.  So I put the meeting on my calendar, jumbled together a PowerPoint presentation, and on the meeting date, threw the laptop in the car and headed to the monthly Sarasota Woodworking Club get together.

The plan was… be nice, say your hello’s, do the presentation, answer a couple questions, shake hands and get home as quickly as possible.  After all, I always have a client that needs a design completed ASAP.  Little did I know what I would discover:  The club itself is a diverse group, a gem: some men, some women, most of them retired, but a few still working in the cabinetry business.  Despite the diversity, everyone in the room shared one common trait: a true passion for woodworking.   Hearing them discuss their projects, I couldn’t help but sense the joy and excitement they get out of woodworking.  That same feeling I get when I’m “all in.”

If you have a love for woodworking and want to connect with like-minded people I highly recommend that you attend one of the meetings.  You can find out more details about the club by visiting their website at

A sampling of woodworking projects completed by Sarasota Woodworking Club members:

Jeff Unthank is a Closet Tec Designer serving Sarasota area clients.

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Jeff Unthank

Designer with Closet Tec Inc.