Adam Savage from the TV show “Mythbusters” explains why “Every Tool Is A Hammer”

From Chewbacca’s bandolier to a thousand-shot Nerf gun, Adam Savage has built thousands of spectacular projects as a special effects artist and the cohost and Executive Producer of MythBusters and host of the brand new Mythbusters Junior. 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 EVERY TOOL’S A HAMMER: Life is What You Make It (Atria Books, May 7, 2019, $27), Adam gives practical instruction on how all the stages of making, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully turning your idea into reality. The book is an exploration of making and a chronicle of Adam Savage’s productive obsessions, but it’s also a permission slip of sorts from Adam to all creators.

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 Adam 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 he uses the most often, like:

 Every Tool is 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.

 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, sometimes though you just need the right glue, so I dig into which ones will do the job with the least harm/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.

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.

Adam Savage is currently the host of two new Discovery Channel shows MythBusters Junior and is currently shooting his soon-to-premiere new solo series. He also produces and stars on’s YouTube channel (over 2 million subscribers).

He was the co-host and Executive Producer of the hit show MythBusters on the Discovery Channel from its inception through its end, spanning 14 years and nearly 270 hours of television. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, twin boys and their two amazing dogs. In Every Tool’s a Hammer is his first book.

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