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Every Tool's a Hammer

Life Is What You Make It
Written by: Adam Savage
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

What the critics say

"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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  • mama2many
  • 2019-06-16

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
  • 2019-06-09

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
  • 2019-06-03

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…