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Publisher's Summary

MythBusters’ Adam Savage - Discovery Channel star and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech - shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully turning your idea into reality. 

Adam Savage is a maker. From Chewbacca’s bandolier to a thousand-shot Nerf gun, he has built thousands of spectacular projects as a special effects artist and the cohost of MythBusters. Adam is also an educator, passionate about instilling the principles of making in the next generation of inventors and inspiring them to turn their curiosity into creation.

In this practical and passionate guide, Adam weaves together vivid personal stories, original sketches and photographs from some of his most memorable projects, and interviews with many of his iconic and visionary friends in the arts and sciences - including Pixar director Andrew Stanton, Nick Offerman, Oscar-winner Guillermo Del Toro and artist Tom Sachs - to demonstrate the many lessons he has picked up from a lifetime of making.

Things like: don’t wait until everything is perfect - in your workshop or in your life - to begin. Plan with pencil and paper. Sweep up every day. Learn from doing. Share your toys. There is an exact tool for every task (Adam probably has four of them in his wondrous shop), but if you need to pound in a nail and all you have handy is a skill saw - hammer away. The most important thing, always, is just that you make something.

Every Tool’s a Hammer is sure to guide and inspire you to build, make, invent, explore and, most of all, enjoy the thrills of being a creator.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2019 Adam Savage (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

"Adam has drawn for us an imperative how-to for creativity... I am aware of no human outside of fiction more qualified to pen this rousing paean to making. I adore this book," (Nick Offerman, star of Parks and Recreation)
 

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So much good info!

Amazing to listen to, and I went and bought the kindle version as well so I could highlight all the bits that I went “oooh I want to save that for later” about.

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Awesome book by an awesome maker.

If you’ve watched Mythbusters, Savage builds, tested or anything else Adam has done then this book is for you.

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Excellent

Genuine, quality and relatable. Can’t recommend this more - whether you’re a maker or not this is a quality book.

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Life is what you make it.

A very inspiring read, the narration felt very personal and it was very hard to put it down!

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I was left craving more so I listened to it again!

Really, really great book. I listened to it twice while setting up my own personal workshop and I'm sure I'll listen to it again!

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  • 15-09-2020

must read for creators

This book is immensely interesting and an absolute must read for creators!
Even as a musician and bedroom music producer I found this super inspiring.

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inspirational

Especially during the current lockdown, this has given me insight into how I can improve myself.

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Every tool is a hammer

The book was excellent easy to listen to great background knowledge and Adam Savage I love the way he organises the shop through this book I have a better understanding of what Adam does just things that he does have employed many of his techniques in my shop I'm on making myself mainly Blacksmithing and metalwork But yes I would recommend this book to many makers and people want to get into making thank you enjoy

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It’s so good if you make

I’ve enjoyed the book but if you’re not a physical maker then be prepared to skip chapters on glass and physics.
Cheers Adam you read it beautifully

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Great

Fantastic book really great story's showing there really can be method to the madness

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  • PL
  • 23-04-2021

A Project Management Book for a Maker

Has some good project management tips - but definitely a book tailored more for makers.

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  • Isaac sheets
  • 14-08-2020

Dude. Like dude. Dang

This book is so good. I love watching tested and Adams one day builds and when I listened to this book it was like I could finally understand and connect some things that he does in his shop with his past. I could feel his passion and hard work that he put into this book and it was even better because he was the one reading it. I don’t read. I really don’t read. But I really liked this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2019

Adam Savage Just Gets Me

I loved every minute of this book. There were moments where I just wanted to cry while listening to Adam Savage speaking, because it felt like he just understood me the way few other people ever have.

This book has excited me and inspired me more than I can describe. I cannot wait to get started on my next project.

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  • 4Bach
  • 20-07-2021

enjoyable

good listen..big mythbusters fan!! Adam's advice about organization really hit home.
definitely worth the time!

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  • Zach Brunson
  • 21-06-2021

This was Awesome and Helpful

This book was awesome. I expected to get a mix of Adam's classic manic energy, fun stories, and useful factoids. This was even better. I listened to this book while writing my dissertation, and was struggling with a particularly unwieldy chapter. This helped me organize my thoughts better and motivated me to get over the hump. It also gave me plenty of new perspectives on my work, my life, and my hobbies. Thanks Adam!

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  • Fred
  • 29-04-2021

this book is my bible

as someone who obsesses and is a creative, this book is perfect. it is amazing

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  • Sci-fi Junky
  • 10-02-2021

Thank you Adam

This book gave me reassurance that I’m not an anomaly in my way of thinking. The tips on planning a project were my favorite moments and have helped me exponentially since implementing them in my process. Seconded by the personal anecdotes that truly encompass a journey that people want to hear about as makers. And it was wonderful to hear it coming from Adam.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-2020

book about life

I thought this was about his life and life style more than general life advice still a good book just not what I thought

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  • Frank B
  • 26-11-2020

Best book I listen to this year

This is the best book I listen to this year. It was inspiring and empowering.

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  • William Stein
  • 09-11-2020

This is an awesome book

Definitely recommend for anyone on the older side who loves making. Great narration. Definitely recommend

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  • Omnia
  • 12-06-2019

A manifesto for making

Adam Savages love for his craft shines through every single line of this book. inspiring and insightful at all times.

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  • Taranne Kendon
  • 30-05-2019

Wonderful book, excellent narration

Always been a fan of Adam Savage and this book is so interesting, the narration is lovely as its read by Adam himself which bring a whole new level to it.

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  • Ian
  • 29-06-2019

Meh

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Adam Savage but this book is well, not fully a book.

If I knew that 50% of it was going to be a list of equipment and glues I probably wouldn’t have bought it.

It’s starts very inspirational indeed and it does make you want to make things but if you’ve made things before that makes the last half kinda pointless.

I don’t believe it’s Adam’s fault, it feels more like a publishers push to get a book out than an authors meticulous process to create a masterpiece.

A shame but I’m kinda hoping there will be another which is more in depth about who Adam really is.

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  • Cj
  • 01-08-2021

fantastic book for makers new and old

a wonderful book with lots of great experience to guide the process of planning, building, working around issues and making your own work spaces.
loved it star to finish and is far more than just a list. finished it in two sittings!

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  • Cal
  • 11-07-2021

Brilliant and engaging

Definitely a replayer(audio equivalent of a reread?) look forward to approaching my future projects with a different mindset

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  • Lewis Ludlow
  • 23-05-2021

Inspiring and enthusiastic

As a crafter listening to this was great Adam savage is great and this book made his enthusiasm contagious.

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  • Kevin D.
  • 15-05-2021

better than expected

I've been watching Adam Savage on YouTube and thought I'd give the book a try. I expected it to be funny and interesting, like his videos!

The book ended up exceeding my expectations by a long shot. It was extremely insightful, giving a really nice mix of knowledge, entertainment and advice. And the narration was excellent! Really better than I thought it would be.

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  • Pen Name
  • 12-05-2021

Everything you expect and more!

This is a fantastic book by a fantastic maker, person, and role model. This book has not only inspired me but changed my outlook on life!

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  • Deemaldson
  • 29-04-2021

I F*****G love Adam Savage

Now more than ever do I love Adam Savage. What a genuine insight into how a person processes and operates in a meaningful fashion! Great book start to end, feels truly heart felt and wholesome. A true role model!

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  • ctc
  • 30-03-2021

Must read for Mythbusters fans and makers

I love Mythbuster, Adam and Jamie have been my long time TV friends. This book gives you a glimpse into the brain of master builder Adam. He not only shares you deep insights into his passion, making. But also some great stories that go along with his life journey. A must read for Mythbusters fans, Adam fans and makers!

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