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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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Must read for Mythbusters fans and makers

I love Mythbuster, Adam and Jamie have been my long time TV friends. This book gives you a glimpse into the brain of master builder Adam. He not only shares you deep insights into his passion, making. But also some great stories that go along with his life journey. A must read for Mythbusters fans, Adam fans and makers!

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Inspiring

I've followed Adam Savage for many years and followed his advice and ideology in my own tiny workshop. This book is almost a bible of how to set up, run and utilise ideas and thought processes in your own creative way. It will certainly change, not only how I work on my own projects, but how I approach my own daily life too.

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Epic and inspirational

It’s hard to explain how much of an influence Adam has made on my life already. He’s a legend but also humble and genuine. He loves what he does.

His dream was to be a maker and he’s nailing that everyday no pun intended. The tools from this book can be applied to any industry and used in your life. The only question I still have is Adam why didn’t you just buy your own hammer for Jamie’s shop? Lol 😂🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟⚡️

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  • 22-02-21

A fantastic insight to a brilliant man!

Well written and performed with cracking insights into how Adam ticks. A must listen for anyone who loves to make.

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An amazing book

This book is fantastic. I learnt alot from this book and Adam Savage narrating this is the icing on the cake.

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Excellent

was not too sure what to expect but am now very pleased, it was a very gripping and an excellent listen

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Wow Wow Wow

Have always been a huge fan of Adam, from the early days of Myth Busters.

Incredible story telling with deep dives into his life and work ethics

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  • Isaac sheets
  • 14-08-20

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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  • 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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  • Sci-fi Junky
  • 10-02-21

Thank you Adam

This book gave me reassurance that I’m not an anomaly in my way of thinking. The tips on planning a project were my favorite moments and have helped me exponentially since implementing them in my process. Seconded by the personal anecdotes that truly encompass a journey that people want to hear about as makers. And it was wonderful to hear it coming from Adam.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-20

book about life

I thought this was about his life and life style more than general life advice still a good book just not what I thought

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  • Frank B
  • 26-11-20

Best book I listen to this year

This is the best book I listen to this year. It was inspiring and empowering.

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  • William Stein
  • 09-11-20

This is an awesome book

Definitely recommend for anyone on the older side who loves making. Great narration. Definitely recommend

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  • JFulton
  • 10-08-20

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
  • 06-07-20

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