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  • Every Tool's a Hammer

  • Life Is What You Make It
  • By: Adam Savage
  • Narrated by: Adam Savage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (407 ratings)

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By: Adam Savage
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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

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"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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This book helped me clarify my own approach to creativity.

Great book for anyone who is creative in any way.
I have been a jeweller for over thirty years, but to hear Adam talk about his creative process has given me a new clarity of my own creative style and process.

Thank you Adam.

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Very insightful into a makers life

This was a fantastic insight into the life of a maker.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Definitely worth a listen/read

Great advice on all things making/creating/restoring.
will go back through it a second time to make sure I really got all the information I can out of it.

also well read, book flows at a nice easy pace.

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Loved it

As a maker I love hearing that my issues are common, especially regarding momentum and glue types! Thanks Adam

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Adam being Adam for 7h45m! Loved it!

If you watch tested or mythbusters read this! It's half autobiography half shop guide tips.

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Very inspiring for makers

I felt so in tune with Adam during the narration. I've made similar mistakes and have had similar wins and losses.
He narrates gracefully and sometimes I felt like a kid being read a book by their parent. Not in a belittling way, but as if it was a 'super hero' story.

The storytelling gets a bit repetitive at times with examples and anecdotes, but seeing beyond these, it's a great guide for a fellow maker. And don't be mistaken, while Adam is famously known for building physical stuff, this books also applies for makers who are in different areas, not necessarily mechanical or physical. It applies for coding, writing, painting, etc.
Anyone MAKING something could get something out of this.

I quite enjoyed the listening. Will probably give it another round at some point. It also helped me see that we all makers have similar issues, and I'm not crazy, nor the best nor the worst in the room. Adam himself has had a lot of failures and mishaps. But get up and try again.

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Makes should read this.

All Makes should read this book. Adam did a great job of reading it and it's clear he put a lot of effort into the writing.

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great story.

So much useful info and inspiration. Savage did a great job here. Can be confusing when it keeps jumping back and forth in times of his life, but if you rememebr its not meant to be an autobiography, it's an information guide to making and Savage imparting his learnings.

So so good.

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Read in a day!

If you love myth busters and Adam’s instagram you’ll love this book!! It has all his charm and humour it’s like watching myth busters for the first time again

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a book of passion

if you are a maker you owe it to yourself to get this. absolutely brilliant.

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