Every Tool's A Hammer: Life Is What You Make It

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In this New York Times bestselling “imperative how-to for creativity” (Nick Offerman), Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters—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, 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 serves as “creative rocket fuel” (Ed Helms) to build, make, invent, explore, and—most of all—enjoy the thrills of being a creator.


  • 001 EveryToolsAHammer Open

    Duration: 34s
  • 002 EveryToolsAHammer Introduction

    Duration: 15min
  • 003 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter1 DigThroughTheBottomOfTheRabbitHole

    Duration: 49min
  • 004 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter2 Lists

    Duration: 23min
  • 005 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter3 Checkboxes

    Duration: 17min
  • 006 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter4 UseMoreCoolingFluid

    Duration: 01h11min
  • 007 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter5 Deadlines

    Duration: 34min
  • 008 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter6 Drawing

    Duration: 26min
  • 009 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter7 IncreaseYourLooseTolerance

    Duration: 48min
  • 010 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter8 Screw Glue

    Duration: 31min
  • 011 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter9 Share

    Duration: 35min
  • 012 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter10 SeeEverythingReachEverything

    Duration: 37min
  • 013 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter11 Cardboard

    Duration: 25min
  • 014 EveryToolsAHammer Chapter12 HammersBladesAndScissors

    Duration: 29min
  • 015 EveryToolsAHammer SweepUpEveryDay

    Duration: 15min
  • 016 EveryToolsAHammer Acknowledgments

    Duration: 01min
  • 017 EveryToolsAHammer Close

    Duration: 53s