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Every Tool's a Hammer

Lessons from a Lifetime of Making
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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Not just for makers who use power tools!

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Awesome Adam Savage

you have taught me many things before the book and now a whole lot more. thank you

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A life and lessons makers can learn from.

Well this is not the makers bible and it will not have the answer as too why your dove tails are not coming out correct, it will however give you the wisdom of a veteran maker that you can take and do with as you will. For myself as a huge Adam Savage fan I could not wait for this book to come out so I could dive right into it and why I took a couple days after it had come out to do so ill never know. This book while I said was not the makers bible does take you on a journey of Adams life as a young boy just cutting his teeth with card board, to busting myths on t.v., and to making Chewbacca costumes for comic con. His life is one I can personally connect to in many ways especially in youth which that aloud me right from the start to get sucked into this book and the lessons it was teaching. Adam will teach you n his own words how he went through different ways to create a shop, the lessons other makers had taught him, and even what tools can be worth buying or maybe just borrowing. For a young maker just cutting his or her teeth in the world of creating you can gather to much information from Adams words, know these lessons will not keep you from messing up on a project or cutting your finger of on a buzz saw and that is fine (not the cutting your finger off part, please don't do that) mistakes will happen and that is how we learn and how we create our own story's. For makers who have been doing this for years you can walk away from this story having heard another makers excrescence with the craft, for me a maker never stops learning and you may just come out of this learning something yourself (and even if you don't the story is still a great ride). Adam reading this in his own voice is the icing on the cake, it truly feels more organic hearing it come from the author himself. You can truly hear his passion for what he does in every word he reads. So if your wonder should I perches this book, will it teach me everything I need to know about making? Well to the second question, no it will not Adam himself doesn't have all the answers nor does any maker. But to the first question... yes, if you have a true passion for making this is the book for you.

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Momentum.

in the beginning chapters of this book Adam speaks about momentum and maintaining momentum through difficult projects. Nothing builds more momentum for me than just listening to Adam Savage's story. Must read, Must read again and again.

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Someone who gets it

i recommend this book to every creative i meet. there is something which Adam captures in these pages which i have not found in any other "self help" or creative development book i have listened to thus far. As he retells the messy days as a young creator, i feel as if i am listening to my own story being told as it happens, with the benefit of a wiser, successful narrator to tell me the Foley of my ways, and also assuring me that i am not alone in my experience. this book is essential not just for every "maker" but for every creative.

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A must for shop teachers

I've been a shop teacher for 14 years. Inspired by Mythbuster's and Monster Garage TV shows, I took my maker Spirit to a professional level.

Adam's book gives deep insight into the maker process. The book feels like a tour through his shop and history of his career. As if we got to hang out and he gave us the full story.

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The Audiobook Is Definitely Better

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Before reading this I wouldn’t have considered myself a “maker”. I’m not really good with tools or making things with my hands, but I do create things online. I blog, I write, and I do design work as well. It was interesting that early in this book Savage covers this (“I don’t make, I code”) where he is telling someone if they are making something then they are a maker even if it’s on a computer. I liked that a lot.

The whole book was a “how to” but more of a how to not screw up like he did. He admittedly rushed things and did things differently than a lot of makers and took a different path. Sometimes it worked out and sometimes it didn’t. He went into detail on the how and why and it was a fascinating look behind the curtain.

I was a huge fan of Mythbusters and I follow Adam’s Tested platform as well from time to time. I’ve listened to some of his podcasts (the first one I remember listening to reminded me of this book a lot). He’s just a fascinating and interesting person. He’s a “celebrity” but also just a real person. He’s down-to-earth and interacts with his fans at Cons and other events.

Overall, I thought that listening to this book really gave it an extra edge. He included anything I might have missed from the book but listening to him tell the stories, events, and mishaps first hand really makes a book like this.

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Savage lessons in life! Awesome!

Wow, how cool. I was glued to every second. Adam Savage reveals some of his greatest ideas and methods and, just as honestly, some of his most humiliating failures. The lessons laid out in the book are important not only for some who considers themselves a Maker, but everyone. Savage's performance is wonderful and easy to listen to. Teriffic!