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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Fantastic!

It's a biography and so much more!

You can take it as just a biography or you can become consumed by it, then it becomes an insight to a new world of working and thinking or an instructional self-help book to become more productive.
The way Adam reads it just gives it a whole new dimension and personally I think reading it in your own head just wouldn't do it justice.

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I want more!

Best book I ever got my brain into. It just gives and gives.
And I want more!! More il tell ya!
Would never have been the same without Adam reading it!

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Inspiring

I found a new way to approach things and to achieve my goals. will be listening to it again

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Genuine and educational

You can feel Adam's enthusiasm and passion right from the start! It's amazing to hear!

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Informative and fun

Very fun and informative, interesting and exhilarating, nice to see Adams humour and personality come through his writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-19

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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  • Janice Earle
  • 06-07-20

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
  • 26-05-20

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
  • 19-04-20

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
  • 23-03-20

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
  • 27-02-20

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
  • 16-01-20

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
  • 27-11-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-19

Must read for makers!!!

Anyone who has or desires to have a desire to have a workshop and build things, or who is just interested in the people who make the things you love definitely should give this a listen, invaluable information within and a great shortcut to learning some things the hard way.

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  • John Imprint
  • 14-10-19

Awesome book Adam

This book has a lot of great organizational tips for all kinds of makers. Adam does an excellent job narrating his book. I have already recommended it to others.