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“An imperative how-to for creativity.” —Nick Offerman

Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters 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 making your idea a reality.

Every Tools a Hammer is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It’s an exploration of making and of my own productive obsessions, but it’s also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you’re interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.

Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and break­ing, along with the lessons I learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop’s worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that I use most often. Things like: In Every Tool There Is a Hammer—don’t wait until everything is perfect to begin a project, and if you don’t have the exact right tool for a task, just use whatever’s handy; Increase Your Loose Tolerance—making is messy and filled with screwups, but that’s okay, as creativity is a path with twists and turns and not a straight line to be found; Use More Cooling Fluid—it prolongs the life of blades and bits, and it prevents tool failure, but beyond that it’s a reminder to slow down and reduce the fric­tion in your work and relationships; Screw Before You Glue—mechanical fasteners allow you to change and modify a project while glue is forever but sometimes you just need the right glue, so I dig into which ones will do the job with the least harm and best effects.

This toolbox also includes lessons from many other incredible makers and creators, including: Jamie Hyneman, Nick Offerman, Pixar director Andrew Stanton, Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, artist Tom Sachs, and chef Traci Des Jardins. And if everything goes well, we will hopefully save you a few mistakes (and maybe fingers) as well as help you turn your curiosities into creations.

I hope this book inspires you to build, make, invent, explore, and—most of all—enjoy the thrills of being a creator.

Adam Savage
hr min
May 7
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

The Italian Gigolo ,

An Absolute MUST Read, and not JUST for Makers.

No matter what kind of person you are, you can find a wealth of valuable information and advice from this book. Hearing Adam read through some of his life experiences and how the topics covered in this book have affected HIS life is nothing short of extraordinary. The only reason I rate this four stars is due to Apple's oversight. This audiobook is SUPPOSED to come with a .pdf addendum, which it fails to provide. It's not absolutely necessary to understand the material covered in this book, but it provides a visible and tangible element that supplements it in an important way.

KMG--1234 ,

Great life advice through the lens of a Maker.

Great book for makers and those who are looking for encouragement to join in the movement. In addition, my opinion, this book provides a great philosophy on achieving goals in life. Adam explains this through his love and passion for making but most of his tactics easily translate to your day to day life. i.e. “creation is iteration.” So true!!

DAdd-ison ,

Doesn’t disappoint!

This book covers a ton of topics from Adam’s childhood to a sort of a cosplay how to. Excellent book.

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