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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
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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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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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  • sam
  • 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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Exciting and inspiring

Love it! Going back now for round two! Good motivation for a budding builder... worth a listen.

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Great book for thinkers and tinkerers

Great format. Savage tells a relatable story, success/failure, principles learnt, applications to other aspects of life. Highly recommended

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SO HAMMER AWAY!!! Essential Workshop Advice!!!

This book is well thought out and nicely connected together, with both, solid workshop practical advice and entertaining recall of youthful tales of creativity and the art of becoming a maker. A book that inspires others to get into the workshop and make somthing for the shear pleasure of just creating!

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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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  • 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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  • JFulton
  • 10-08-2020

Markers & Project Managers needs these principles

Mr. Savage has delivered a handbook of the tools one needs to complete a project, either for yourself or for professional purposes. Clearly he has the experience necessary to boil down his essential thoughts into an entertaining story with practical, daily-use principles. I appreciate his insight.

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  • Janice Earle
  • 06-07-2020

My new go to gift!

I loved this book I’ve been a huge fan of Adam Savage ever since I saw Myth busters as a kid. If you are a creative person, a writer or as Adam put it a maker of any kind you’ll love this book, and if you work in the restaurant or culinary industry there’s one part only about ten minutes long or so but it will make you swell with pride for our profession! This will be my go to gift for any and every creative or maker person in my life from here on out! Only down side I was actually pretty surprised and bummed he didn’t say I object to reality and substitute my own.

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  • Kenneth Milton Terry
  • 26-05-2020

Sun Tzu of Makers

Adam Savage is a master story teller and a creative Genius. The instructions and advice provided within the pages of Every Tool's a Hammer is nothing short of poetry for the Creative Maker the World over. This is a Coming of age tale of the trials and tribulations that every young maker must discover in their own way. It's a great read.

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  • Patrick Walsh
  • 19-04-2020

The Ultimate Maker's Handbook and Narrative

I couldnt stop listening to this incredible collection of thought-provoking life experiences. Well done, Adam

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  • userofthings
  • 23-03-2020

fairly good

Adam reads it beautiful but it was somewhere strangely between and a memoir and guide for people who know what they are doing and a starter's guide. but never landing in one spot clearly. I liked it and got good stuff out of it but I didn't take away as much as I thought I would. maybe I'm just not the target audience. as I'm more of a carpenter then a maker in the way Adam defines himself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-2020

Adam Savage is my idol for my "Maker" side

Perfect dive into what it means to be a true maker! Will definitely read again and again!

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  • Nikki
  • 16-01-2020

Really only for people that identify as “makers”

Not what I thought. Really more of a how-to book on organising and following process when making something, particularly models and replicas.

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  • Dolly A. Wilfley
  • 27-11-2019

Wonderfully Inspiring and Practical!

This book, for me, is already changing my life. Adam is a genius. and he's sharing tips on what helps him create with passion--practical stuff you can start doing immediately. I love his solution on how to avoid boredom & stagnation on a project. As a knitter, I've started a great number of sweaters, only to get bored, put the unfinished project away and start a new one. I always wondered what was wrong with me. Now I know how to overcome it, and I've already finished one of my MANY sweater projects! So exciting! LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK!

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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 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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  • 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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  • Mr Roderick K Jamieson
  • 08-09-2020

Like looking in a mirror !!!

Granted I haven’t “made” a lot of things, I’m a model maker but I will get into prop making soon, however the parts about list making and their benefits, tools and starting with cheap ones until you find out if you actually need it and about “future me” and “past me” are all things I have done, do and will do more of. I really enjoyed this book, it was nice to hear about Adams journey from a kid to where he is now. I don’t want to sound cliché but I feel like he was writing my story too in a lot of ways. I would definitely listen to anything else that Adam found the time to write. Thank you for this Mr Savage this will be the first of many visits to your book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-2020

adams voice

i had already read the hard copy and found myself reading in Adams voice so was intrigued to listen as audio book. did not disappoint his enthusiasm for the material both failures and successes brought the book even further alive. i recommend this book as it encourages you to do what you love. thanks Adam Savage

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-2020

Absolutely Brillisnt

Absolutely brilliant. As a maker this made so much sense, and has some excellent advice. Also just love listening to Adam.

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  • Michal Hraška
  • 18-07-2020

Wonderful book for everyone (making things)

This book is a worthwhile read for everyone. Adam shares his knowledge and experience in an entertaining and edifying way. I listened to this book and when it was over, I couldn't believe it. The time just flew by and I was left wishing for more. This book is about life as much as it is about making. And making here means being creative. Adam's enthusiasm about making is contagious. Whatever your hobby is, whether you want to learn or just reminiscence about making, this is a book for you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-2020

Great book for makers

This book has helped me so much with confidence and realising that it takes a lifetime to be good at somethings!! Great for makers!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-2020

couldn't stop listening.

this is a book I couldn't put down then a book a couldn't stop listening to. so many life lessons and workshop lessons to be learned.

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  • Kutal Mete Tekin
  • 14-05-2020

Much more than just a book

I wasn't expecting much from this book, after all it was about a TV personality. Turns out it is much more than that. Besides getting a behind the scenes look on Adam Savage's mind, story can be quite inspirational as well. Almost every problem Adam has faced and offered a solution was a problem I was currently facing in my life. Due to this, this book turned into a life choach for me, which I will be forever grateful for.