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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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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.  

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 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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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.

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Makes this is a must read

after listening to this you realize the humble beginnings he came from to become world renowned maker he is. Also in a field where information is valuable he shares some basic information that is very useful .

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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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Just awesome!

Great to listen to, great info and inspirational! I will listen to it again and again!

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Incredible life, informative and uplifting.

Adam takes you on a trip though his amazing life and guides you through his process for making and many other things.
Sprinkled with humour and great insight.
Will definitely listen to this one again.

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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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GOOD!!

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

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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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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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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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  • Jubstar
  • 06-29-19

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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  • Omnia
  • 06-12-19

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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  • Taranne evans
  • 05-30-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-19

Very good

I think if u are interested in increasing the knowledge, life lessons or all round construction I believe this all allow you to look at yourself in a different perspective as a maker and a person 👍

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  • Diane Spencer
  • 09-02-19

Exceptional

Even better than I imagined it to be, utterly fascinating. Did not want to stop listening to get back to work.

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  • SJBJ18463
  • 08-29-19

great book - a must for all makers

this book encompasses all of the parts of becoming a maker and how Adam Savage's journey is still not over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-19

A Makers Dream

If you need motivation or guidance look no further this is the makers guide. Thank You. Adam Savage

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  • Colm Browne
  • 07-27-19

Recommended

Very good, I really appreciate it when the author narrates his own book. Recommended listen.

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  • Megan
  • 07-24-19

A makers guide to happiness

this book showed me that there can be method to my madness. Highly recommend for any aspiring, curious or establish maker.

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  • Amazon user
  • 07-19-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-19

Invaluable advice

Adam Savage throws all he has to offer in this book. His experience and perspective is second to none. His storytelling is akin to a melodic instruction manual for makers, and innovators. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended.

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  • Ted
  • 09-23-19

Great coaching and encouraging<br />Anecdotes are great

Coaching and encouragement
Anecdotes and examples are great
Adam's enthusiastic reading very easy to listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-19

Absolutely fantastic

This book was exactly what I needed to push me to continue my making journey.

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  • roby bonnes
  • 08-15-19

Absolutely Amazing!

Wow just wow what an amazing book/story/journey well done Adam! Thank you for sharing such an amazing life storey. This has changed me to be more confident and not be afraid to be a maker and seek out other makers! To any thinking of getting this just do it!

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  • Richard
  • 08-11-19

This book spoke to my soul

I was in two minds to write the headline I did, as I thought it might be perceived as melodramatic. However, this is quite possibly the best book I have read in years, and I'm no slouch when it comes to reading.
If you are undertaking any creative endeavour or have any inclination to make things, I can't recommend this book enough.
Thank you Adam for pouring the time and effort you did into making this generous book.

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  • mark burban
  • 08-07-19

Inspirational for creative types!

Adam has long been a huge inspiration of mine ever since I watched my first episode of Mythbusters & he continues to do so today. & this book is full of 'savageness' & a must read for all creators! Not only is it inspirational but you'll also learn some great tips & tricks.

& the fact that it's entirely narrated by Adam makes it even cooler to listen to!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-19

Just want I needed to hear

Just want I needed to hear... Thank you Adam Savage for writing and reading your book

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  • Kai1
  • 07-02-19

Delicious.Like a fine wine and your favourite meal

Now deeply in love with Adam Savage's voice. He is so passionate reading this book that the act of listening to it felt like I was sitting down to eat my favourite meal of spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread and washing it down with a class of pinot noir. So in other words, I couldn't get enough of it!!! When it was done I wasn't hungry, I felt content ( but i did then google what else he has narrated to know there is more in the future..)

I wouldn't say i'm a crafter in the sense that he is, but i certain create and enjoy cosplay - not to the epic degree he has but it certainly gave me great joy to hear about his passion projects over the years. I also loved that Nick Offerman, also famous for "making and paddling his own canoe" in life featured in the book, although did not narrate that section. Nice cross over.

I would recommend this book to anyone who makes and creates, with their hands or their minds.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-19

inspiring

Adam Savage is passionate, knowledgeable, and humble, as always. Full of useful and broadly applicable advice and tips as well as stories.

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  • Kylie Allen
  • 06-11-19

Makers of all kinds

I really loved this book and reminded me of how much I love to make things, even though I make them on a computer. It inspired me to get back to it and helped me identify some of my creative habits.
Adam Savage is passionate about his topic and it comes across in his story telling.
Highly recommend for anyone who loves to make or love Mythbusters.