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Every Tool's a Hammer

Life Is What You Make It
Narrated by: Adam Savage
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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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.  

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©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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If you like Adam, you'll like this book

A good insight into Adam life and has a number of useful bits of advice for your own life.

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Every chapter’s a lesson

Wow what an amazing life Adam has lead. This book has lit a fire up under my donkey.
I have always enjoyed tinkering with things and this book has given me the nudge I need to delve deeper into this past time.
This book is a treasure trove of ideas and helpful hints and the how to, the why and the where.
Thank you Adam for sharing your passion with us

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Makers of all kinds

I really loved this book and reminded me of how much I love to make things, even though I make them on a computer. It inspired me to get back to it and helped me identify some of my creative habits.
Adam Savage is passionate about his topic and it comes across in his story telling.
Highly recommend for anyone who loves to make or love Mythbusters.

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Adam Savage excels

Adam Savage is an excellent communicator and the kind of inspiration that I hope to introduce my nephews and nieces to.

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  • mama2many
  • 16-06-2019

Stirred my maker soul

I'm a long time fan of Adam Savage's, and, yet, this book unexpectedly wowed me.

I'm a maker of quilts, of furniture, of food, of doll clothing, of children's clothes, of slipcovers, but parenting has back-burnered those activities for some time. This book stirred my soul and reminded me what joy there is in making.

He talks lists and momentum, workshop philosophy, purchasing tools, visual communication, collaboration, taking risks and "failure" using a personal stories to illustrate his points.

I have already listened to this book twice through and can see myself returning to it whenever I need a maker boost.

Adam describes himself as a permission machine: I would add that this book is an inspiration machine.

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  • John
  • 09-06-2019

Excellent insights

Much better than I was expecting. There are many deep insights which are hard won through a life of continuous struggle to improve. I just wish it was longer.

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  • Vince
  • 03-06-2019

All I hoped it would be

I enjoyed watching Adam Savage on MythBusters. In this book he reveals how he works and what makes him tick.

He holds nothing back, sharing all of his insights about being a maker and artist.

I call myself an industrialist. In a small way I am a industrial version of Adam, without the sculpting abilities.

All in all a fascinating listen, especially the doctors bags…

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  • Taranne evans
  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • Chris McCloskey
  • 11-06-2019

The Makers Bible, A good and honest guide.

I've just finished it and I'm going to listen to again. It's a wholesome and kind guide to taking a look at one's self and working practices. Mr Savage very neatly sums up that whatever creative endeavour you set out on you are an honest Maker. While humourous and anecdotal, I'm going back and taking notes and creating lists (I'm sure Adam would like to hear that) because the book is riddled with good advice, tips and good etiquette. While the bulk is common sense, to the uninitiated some of the advice invaluable.

As if I needed more of a reason to say Adam Savage is my hero.

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  • SueH
  • 11-06-2019

Amazing

I loved it wish there could be more. I didn't want it to finish Adam who wrote and read the book was just perfect. He is an inspiration for all generations now and to come.

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  • skirmish
  • 09-06-2019

totally awesome!

a very very inspiring book if you are a marker! a sorta bio and motivational book in one

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  • Acid man
  • 08-06-2019

For anyone who creates

Makers refers to anyone who makes something out of nothing. This book is excellent and engaging. Very helpful and empowering!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-2019

amazing

wow simply awesome the author speaks directly to my senses brilliant well done buddy you should be proud

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  • Renatamw
  • 31-05-2019

awesome book

If you are a maker you need to listen to this book, loads amazing tips and ideas to help you up your game