We've begun working with the MDF as the base for my 12"x12" clocks. (Medium density fiberboard, or MDF, is a composite wood product similar to particleboard. It's made from wood waste fibers glued together with heat, resin and pressure. Some people prefer using MDF over wood because it has a lower impact on the environment. MDF is made solely from waste products; the leftover scraps that would otherwise be dumped in a landfill.)
I've begun two clocks and will hopefully show the finished products in a few days. So far, I like the MDF very much. The prep time is minimal since it's smoother than wood--one coat of gesso for the fronts and on the backs, one coat of flat black latex paint. It's smoother than wood; not having to worry about woodgrain showing through thin layers of paint is a definite plus. And, not having to design around the pre-cut hole for a mirror or picture, is another. Many new, interesting design possibilities have opened up, and we're excited about them.
So, until I can show the final results of the first two prototypes, I'll leave you with the following, which arrived in my email box earlier in the month, from the Daily Om:
"Life is sculpted on a moment-to-moment basis. Every one of the thoughts we think, the words we speak, and the actions we take contributes to the complex quality and character of the universe unfolding. It simply is not possible to be alive without making an impact on the world that surrounds us. Every action taken affects the whole as greatly as every action not taken. And when it comes to making the world a better place, what we choose not to do can be just as important as what we choose to do.
For example, when we neglect to recycle, speak up, vote, or help somebody in immediate need, we are denying ourselves the opportunity to be an agent for positive change. Instead, we are enabling a particular course to continue unchallenged, picking up speed even at it goes along. By holding the belief that our actions don抰 make much of a difference, we may find that we often tend to forego opportunities for involvement. Alternatively, if we see ourselves as important participants in an ever-evolving world, we may feel more inspired to contribute our unique perspective and gifts to a situation."
So, we'll be going to participate in the re-opening of the Obama for President headquarters in Raleigh tomorrow night. That's our choice, in favor of making the world a better place for us all.
Go out and make your own impact on the world today.