Jaimie Mantzel's Profile

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A Little about Me

2 years ago I left North America with my family (2 young daughters and their mother) to find a new place to live. We've bought a few small islands in Panama and are starting a self sufficient community. We have no religeon, don't smoke, or drink. We're currently living in a big house boat I built that's parked next to one of the islands. It's a perfect base to comfortably live while we get things going.

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My Build Projects

OK, first thing. Yes, I'm serious. The build site is a small private island off the coast of Panama. The area is absolutely beautiful. The island itself is mostly surrounded with mangroves with a canal going through them and a 100m wharf...

Why I Build Sustainably

It ll started with a general desire to take care of myself, and be dependent on no one. Then as I grew up I learned that the biggest product of western culture is GARBAGE! Augh! Seriously? Garbage, pollution, just general waste. Why would people devote their entire lives to such a wasteful destructive lifestyle? Anyway, I figured I better do whatever I can to change that, so i changed my life and documented it online so others who felt the same way could share ideas.

Skills I would like to Work on or Share.

Skills? Yes. Loads of skills. I gain new skills constantly, and I love projects that require new skills. I'm also very happy to learn new skills from others, so... yes! Bring on the skills! :-)

My Life Philosophy

Adventure Builders Club -Honesty -Honor -Strength -Courage -Love -Imagination -Life -Humility These are the virtues of the Adventure Builder, and they're what I teach my kids. I'm happy to go into more detail, but in a nutshell, I speak my mind, do my best, question everything, and have fun. In addition, no drinking, smoking anything, or drugs of any kind. I get my highs from experiences.

Building Styles I have Experience in

Earthship/used tires
Straw Bale
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Stone/Flint walls
Fiberglass, bamboo, underground dwellings, underwater building.
2 years ago we moved to the coast of Panama. I immediately started working with fiberglass to build boats, and snap together domes, and all kinds of things. It's durable, long lasting, and in my opinion a great material for the environment. ....not because it causes no waste, but because once something is built with the stuff it lasts an incredibly long time.

My Building Qualifications

I've been building things for as long as I can remember. (No, my mom didn't appreciate the pyramids I made out of all the cereal in the house). Sometimes it's for money... renovations, commission jobs, but my favourites are things I build for myself to solve some problem, or to make life better. I built a 4 story dome on a mountain with no road access. The 3rd floor is a trampoline. Several lumber mills, robots big and small, various types of machinery. I have a 3D printer, Laser cutter, welding equipment, and have gained an appreciation for the human ability to "eyeball" things accurately. I have no certificates, or papers that say I can do anything special. I consider that stuff to be a waste of time that I could better be using to learn new skills. Not to be immodest, but it has been said that I can build anything. ...and I love to tackle almost impossible projects.

My Occupation

Inventor and video personality. I have no "regular" job. I stay ahead of finances enough to be able to do jobs I want, and ignore ones I find immoral or otherwise objectionable.

What I Read, Watch, and Listen to

We watch movies sometimes. I lean toward sci fi, but I like anything inspirational with a positive message.

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Building Styles I'm Interested in

Earthship/used tires
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Stone/Flint walls
Concrete, Aircrete, fiberglass, domes, anything long lasting and efficient.
I don't subscribe to any specific building styles. When I need to build something I look around at what's available, and build the best thing I can with me resources. That often means learning something new. I've learned a lot about fiberglass in the last 2 years since moving to the ocean. I'm currently learning about aircrete. ...basically concrete with air bubbles instead of rocks.

My Education

Well..... after I burned my Ivy League diploma, I tried to figure out a good way to live. That's how the Adventure builders Club started. Now I learn by doing. I also look up information when I need it, and I find that I retain it much more easily by using it in real life things than i ever did in years of school. Equation of a circle? Yep, I used that to draw the curves on a boat, and I'll never forget it.

My Eating Habits

This thing is asking me about specialty dishes. Well.... I did recently start eating pizza's with the crust being a peanut butter/honey sandwich. Wow! Those things are great! For some reason my kids keep asking for "regular". Anyway, I cook, build, clean, do anything that needs doing. I'm not above any task ever if its reaaallly tedious like digging out a canal by hand (with homemade fancy tools). Feuf! Almost done...