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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

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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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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great book<br />

I loved it, I'm inspired to finish my Saturn 5 model that's been sitting half done in my shed for 18 months. After I tidy the place up haha thanks Adam👍

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Great story

While I did enjoy his story and his explanation of method and process of creation. But his overly flowery language is a bit hard to keep up with

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Zen and the art of making

Inspiring stuff and very enjoyable. I'm sure I will return to it many times. When my own creativity stumbles. I thought it could just be regurgitated stuff from Tested but so much more. Once again having the book read by the author conveys so much more than the text on page ever could.

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Wonderful listening while making a stop-motion pup

I have admired Adam's work on Tested and Mythbusters, but listening to his audiobook, just gave me even more respect for him and his lifes work/ career. I will certainly be looking to purchase this for repeated listening and already recommending to all my creative friends to listen too.

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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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  • Steve
  • Norwich, United Kingdom
  • 25-06-19

Enjoyed even more than I expected

I identified with this more than I thought I would. Has some great tips, fun stories and an inspiring tone. It was over too quick and left me wanting more.

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awesome listening!

the story behind the man, the legend Adam Savage. I really recommend this audiobook. Super.

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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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  • david
  • 19-07-19

A Book for Budding Makers ... and the rest of us

This book is inspirational for young budding makers, but good for the rest of us too. From a young age I've always had a passion to build stuff and always viewed it as somewhat a character flaw. That never held me back (I'm 60+), but this book helped me understand myself. I also picked up a few organizational and build tips.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes to build things, young or old.

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  • David Thornton
  • 11-07-19

GOOD!!

seriously changed my life ànd my outlook can't recommend this enough. Adam thank you so much!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-19

dyslexic engineer

as an engineer I always love learning from Mr.Savage's revolutionary and and unique solutions to problems and now the story behind some of them.

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  • mama2many
  • 16-06-19

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
  • 09-06-19

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
  • 03-06-19

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…