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Every Tool's a Hammer

Lessons from a Lifetime of Making
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 1,000-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, artist Tom Sachs, and Chef Traci Des Jardins - 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 PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Adam Savage (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Amazing inspiring man !

This book inspires me to be a better person. Thanks Adam!
makers and nerds and regular joes will love this book. Also his podcast .

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A valuable tool in and of itself;

Adam Savage presents a heartfelt dialogue that is applicable to a vast variety of creative endeavour. Whether your tools are screwdrivers, paint brushes or word processors, Every Tool's a Hammer is packed full of helpful advice to spur a maker on their way in a more thoughtful and efficient manner. It certainly helped me out a lot!

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Practical tips on setting up a shop

I recently built a proper shop, and Every Tool's a Hammer gave me a lot of practical tips on how I might want to consider setting up my shop to suit the way that I think and work.

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So motivational!

it was motivating and inspired me to get back to making. Seemed like a lot of super basic concepts but he brought so much more depth to those concepts which helped me learn and reaffirm ideas I had. Was a great listen!

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Absolutely perfect!

A great journey into the mind and life of a maker. Narrated by the author, I couldn't ask for more. Absolutely perfect!

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Truely inspiring

just another reason for me to love Adam and everything he's done ,amazing book !

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Great book, excellent narration

I really enjoyed this book. I never realized I was missing checkboxes from my life. My to-do lists just got amazing. I'm actually looking forward to listening to this again, which is something I don't do often.

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Exceeded All Expectations!

This was the most enjoyable and engaging "read" that I can recall in a long, long time! I expected enthusiasm from Adam Savage, given his personality on Myth Busters, but THIS? This is enthusiasm and passion defined to perfection! Savage shares his life as a maker in a way that makes you want to grab your tools, craft supplies, instrument, whatEVER you have and begin creating! There is no facade, no pretense, no pageantry in his presentation of the systems he has developed over his lifetime of creating. In fact, Savage's sincerity is so palpaple, he makes you feel as though he'll be along for the ride with you, to guide you while you find your own creativty. One can be forgiven for forgetting his celebrity since Adam Savage gives the impression that his excitement for each and every project he makes today is every bit as real as when he first "created" at the age of 4! It's infectious enthusiasm, it's engaging and it's literature I could hardly wait to recommend (just ask everyone in my life!).

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  • 2019-05-28

MOTIVATING!

A reminder that crafting/making is a process and is not instant. Great read/listen for anyone in a creative slump

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Thanks!

Full of wisdom and happiness! greatness that can be applied. organization, learning, sharing, and cleaning!

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  • john
  • 2019-05-07

Inspiring.

if you're familiar with Adam Savage, either from Mythbusters or his work on the Youtube Channel, Tested, then you are familiar with his gushing over exuberance for almost anything he becomes obsessed with. Watching his "One-Day-Build" videos is somehow like watching both a child on christmas morning and seasoned master making something beautiful. In this book he dives a lot deeper into why and how he became a maker and also how it was connected with overcoming a fear of being found out as being too much of a nerd for something. i wish i could tell my younger self some of these lessons; that it's better to be true to yourself and dive deep into your passions/obsessions, than to bow to that fear and conform to some kind of banal normality where you never make anything special. Adam, your next build is a time machine, so you can send this book back in time to younger me. thanks for being an inspiration.

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  • Jared A.
  • 2019-06-05

Paradigm Changing Book

I found this book way more helpful than I ever thought it could be. As a fellow maker and someone who suffers greatly from analysis paralysis and fear of failure (iterations) I found the mechanisms and advise Adam gave priceless.
He talks about experiences and how he overcame them. It's reasurring that one of the great makers, Adam Savage, has been in the same place mentally as I am now. It's given me courage to move forward on projects that I've been putting off for fear of failure.

Highly Recommend
10/10 with rice

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  • Shane Brown
  • 2019-06-18

I love Adam Savage and I returned this book

Honestly, it pains me to write this. The truth is that the book is fine. It was fine on the bus. It was fine on the train. It was fine at my desk. At some point, I couldn't bring myself to listen to it anymore because fine was all it was. I feel this book does a lot of hinting. It hints at how-to's, It hints at a biography, and it hints at a personal conversation. I just didn't find it to be any of those things. What's worse is the tone. I bought this book immediately after his interview with Tim Ferris to continue listening to Adams spark for life. I was surprised to find that the narration was toned down and reads much more like an essay.

The book's not bad. I picked up hints and tricks along the way. I expect to pick up things from any good book though. Like most things done for the first time, I think Adam hasn't quite found his rhythm yet. Still a big fan, but I just can't recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-16

Awesome

I listened to this book in my shop while working on a few different projects. I relished every minute. It made my shop time move so much faster then I wanted. I can't say I was more productive but i had a huge smile on my face the whole time. From screws to glue to quick grip clamps I found myself understanding and relating to every word.
I found the parts about being a good manager insightful. Your discipline in the area of project management and list building were not new to me. but alowed me to see a much fuller picture of what my projects could be if implemented.
Thank you Adam for taking the time and energy to wright this book. I am a fan of Andy Weir's writing's, The Martian, and Artemis, and I could definitely hear a little of Andy's style in there and a little of Burce Ng's inflection at one point. lol.
I recommend this book for everyone and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have.

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  • Brian Petro
  • 2019-05-28

Thanks Adam!

😊 👍 📖 💡 📽 🔭 ✏ ✂ 🗄 📋, 🗜 🛠 🏹 🎯 🏆

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  • john
  • 2019-05-15

Not just for makers who use power tools!

Adam presents Making in a way that is relevant and fascinating to everyone's creative abilities!

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  • Dean MacIsaac Jr.
  • 2019-05-08

Great book, should be on every maker's shelf

This book is great! I've read several personal development books and not been able to relate to the author, this book chronicles Adam's life to where he is now, but it also gives great advice on how to live, as a maker or just a human who finds themselves stuck or free wheeling...

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  • Captain Kirk
  • 2019-07-17

For all makers!

This is a fantastic book to read or listen to. Adam savage is a wonderful maker and his philosophies can be applied to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-14

Very Good!

I'm not a "maker" by the literal definition, so I was skeptical about this book at first. I turned it on and realized there was more to it than I thought. He discusses self image, delegation, and of course his stories. Highly recommend.

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  • Tori Callahan
  • 2019-07-14

Inspiring and informative book for any maker

I loved this book. It was exceptionally well written, inspirational and unique. It inspires me to one day perhaps write a book to explain my own methods as a maker, as well as the winding journey that following the path of an artist can lead you. It is exhilarating to get inside the mind of another maker, and this book allows you to do just that. Thank you Adam Savage for this wonderful read, and for all of your contributions to this society of makers.

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  • Rodrigo
  • 2019-06-18

very nice book

I loved how Adam depicts the life of a maker, his advice and how he shares a lot of his knowledge with us mere mortals. Very inspiring, I recommend it .