From the Bench: The Problem With Passion - West Wind Hardwood

West Wind Hardwood has always understood passion. In fact, it’s #1 in our Mandate.


  • Promote our passion for wood through our products;  lumber, floors and value-added wood products
  • Foster appreciation of fine woodworking skills, from novice to master craftsman
  • Support ecologically sound forestry practices

We’ve even mentioned it in one of our ads. An ad we’ve used over and over again because it speaks to the heart of what WWH is. We live and breathe this passion for wood. Well, we did until the twinkle was somewhat tarnished by Revenue Canada. And that’s a never-ending story that just keeps on giving and giving…or perhaps, it should be said “taking and taking”

When I read Nancy Hiller’s article in the June 2020 Fine Woodworking Magazine, it resounded strongly; so much so that I reached out to Nancy to ask permission to publish it. She involved the Fine Woodworking magazine and everyone kindly gave me permission to reprint. We thank Nancy and the Fine Woodworking family.

Passion is one of those words that people use often without really understanding its original meaning. More commonly today it’s used to suggest strong emotions reflecting an intense desire or boundless enthusiasm. I understand its original intent was to imply a willingness to accept suffering to embrace what you love.

I feel it’s important to find enjoyment in your job but this doesn’t mean that your profession should be the thing you’re most passionate about. A profession is your job that relates to a degree or skill set you have acquired.  Passion is doing what you like without the money factor involved.  A profession is a service that you do for money. Passion can be your profession but your profession may not be your passion. Your ability to support yourself and/or family might quickly factor into this decision.
Enjoy the read. Perhaps you too suffer a passion. Passion is a mighty force.

Published by Fine Woodworking Magazine, #282 May/June 2020
by Nancy R. Hiller,
© 2020 by Taunton Press. Article reproduced with permission.

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” —Sabrina Bryan

“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” —Nelson Mandela

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” —Oprah Winfrey

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes

“You can’t fake passion.” —Barbara Corcoran

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