Every Tool's A Hammer

Every Tool's A Hammer

Life Is What You Make It

Book - 2019
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"Every tool's 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 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" --
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2019
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781471185113
Characteristics: 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Every tool is a hammer


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Feb 20, 2020

Not an autobiography nor tales from Mythbusters.
But if you are into making lists and to do lists and checklists, 50+ pages on the subject.
Book needed a good firm editing editor.

JessicaGma Oct 25, 2019

This was perfection - I always enjoyed Mythbusters, and learning more about where Adam Savage came from offers up some real perspective. Also, the guy has A LOT of tools. But if you're feeling in a bit of a creative slump, this will give you the spark to keep going. So it's a bit of a memoir, and a bit of insight into how to set up a workshop, and a bit of how to stay creative, which makes for a great book.

Jul 31, 2019

prepared im sure

Jun 20, 2019

If you are a creative person of any type, this book is for you. It will inspire you to make things and encourage you if you are stuck.
It brought back many memories for me working in my Dad's workshop as a young girl and makes me wish I had of kept making things and got my own shop!
Really an enjoyable read.

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