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

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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

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 co-host 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.


  • 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