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Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It Audio CD – Unabridged, May 7, 2019
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Adam has drawn for us an imperative how-to for creativity that goes well beyond scissors, saws, and glue, to include vulnerability, self-confidence, and self-deprecating humor.-- "Nick Offerman"
Consider this book as a 3-D print out of Adam's brain, and be glad you have it.-- "John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author"
This book is creative rocket fuel. Adam is a master maker, and this might be his greatest creation yet-a funny, vulnerable, and soulful dive into the beautiful mind of a passionate artist.-- "Ed Helms"
About the Author
Adam Savage was the cohost of the hit show MythBusters on the Discovery Channel from its inception through its end, spanning fourteen years and nearly two hundred and seventy hours of television. Currently, he produces and stars on Tested.com's YouTube channel and is filming two new Discovery Channel shows: MythBusters Junior and Being Savage. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, twin boys, and their two amazing dogs. Every Tool's a Hammer is his first book.
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But the main point of the book seems to be much more about encouraging the reader to act on their own interests and to create--to Make--in whatever field they find a deep connection with. As he puts it, it's permission to follow those interests down whatever rabbit holes they lead, that this is a positive thing we can do in our lives and not something to hide away. As well, it's about the tools and techniques that he's found useful in his making--from simple lists to custom-built tool boxes. A few of these are one-of-a-kind-Adam--and those are fun in exactly the way you can imagine--and in other cases he's describing his own take on some proven industrial practices (e.g., the 5S methodology of optimizing a workspace). There's even a section on what kind of glue to use for various materials, and why not to use glue in the first place.
You do not need to be someone who thinks of themselves as a "maker" to enjoy this book. But it seems like Adam's goal would be to give you a push towards following that geeky interest in the back of your mind, to find that family of like-minded people, and to help up the people who follow behind you. An excellent message, especially to young people.
The book isn’t well written, boring and filled with moments of Adam patting himself on the back to make sure we all know how great he thinks he is.
My copy is going to the local library. Maybe the next reader will enjoy it more than I did.
That said, I enjoyed this book immensely. I haven't been a make for some time, but I recognized the truth of his recommendations. He's made such cool stuff!
It's also a fast read. I got the book on Monday and finished it by Saturday. I'm surprised at the negative review that accuses Savage of not actually designing and building his creations. The reviewer must have been in a bad mood. Savage's message is honest, kind and positive. Read this book.
The book is a mix between a biography and a self help book. Unfortunately it lands more on the former, and it's not well written nor structured. Jumping back and forth along the timeline as he sees fit.
With more attention to 'the message' and less attention to unecessary details and filler sentences, this could have been an inspiring book when it comes to the art of making. Unfortunately it is not.
In an audiobook format, this content may be more enjoyable, for me the book was a hit and a miss.
Focused on fabrication (think cosplay or replica making,) Adam makes a point of saying that this book is good for ANY creative, whether they be artist or coder, welder or woodworker, foamsmith or chef.
Really inspirational, and really a nice look into the childhood and formation of a man as admirable as Adam.
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Because of that I bought this book on a whim and because of the glowing reviews. Mainly that he is an extraordinary maker of models and other things.
Well, I'm always interested in learning more from highly skilled people who can create something at the very least interesting.
But, there's a 'But.'
I'm an old school marine engineer - an ex Chief Engineer - and I work in the oil industry in offshore construction. I've built houses and have two workshops. My grandfather was a tool-maker and my uncle a fitter and turner in a shipyard. In fact my entire family for generations have been people who worked in heavy industry making things like ships, turbines and precision tools. It's in my blood.
And because of that I'm fascinated by the new wave of what I'm beginning to think of as a bit wishy, washy 'makers' movement.
We used to call it DIY or model making and the people who did it created steam engines, made train layouts, model boats or made incredible bits of furniture. Today to be called a 'maker' you pour a bit of multi-coloured paint on a spinning disc or knock out yet another Damascus knife.
What I'm getting to is that what I consider a 'maker' and what many of the new movement consider it to be are two different things. And that's where this book to me is a bit 'wet.'
I was hoping to learn a bit more about Adam and find out more about his work on movies. And, whilst there is some of that, much of this book is padding and revolves around the modern idea of what a 'maker' is.
To me a maker is someone who can do complicated stuff on machine tools or use a woodworking shop to create an incredible piece of furniture, or designing and fabricating a huge dynamically positioned offshore heavy lift ship.
Much of this boils down to how to make a model 'thing' and there are plenty of actual YouTube video's about that around. There was a lump of this book dedicated to designing and making a replica Blade Runner gun. This involved a whole section on how to make a list of things to do. Hmmm.
In the end I found this to be easy to read, moderately good but ultimately unsatisfying.
This book delivered all that and more. Filled with funny anecdotes and hard won lessons of how to mess up and learn from your mistakes, Adam's book is a veritable Bible for any aspiring maker, whether you build, sew, foamsmith, woodwork, etc, this book is full of useful tips, tricks, and life lessons. I couldn't put it down!