Latest StoriesInside Adam Savage's Cave
    Ask Adam Anything #11: On Sketching

    This week, Adam answers a question about how he uses sketching to aid in the planning of his projects, and how sketching is different than drawing schematics and blueprinting. If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below!

    Inside Adam Savage's Cave: Prop Shop Kylo Ren Helmet

    Adam adds a new prop replica to his collection: Kylo Ren's helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! This is actually Adam's second Kylo Ren helmet--he has a modified Black Series Voice Changer helmet and now this high-end model by Prop Shop. We examine the prop to admire its fabrication and detail.

    Ask Adam Anything #10: Organizing Research Reference

    Adam answers a question about how he collects and organizes reference images and data for his many projects on his laptop. His database of research material is massive! If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below!

    Adam Savage's Maker Faire 2016 Talk!

    It's been called the Maker Faire Sermon, but you know it as Adam's annual talk at the Maker Faire festival. This year, Adam spoke on a mechanical giraffe, sharing stories about his recent visits to maker spaces around the country, bouts of self-doubt, and his mission going forward. Plus, some great questions from the crowd!

    Adam Savage's Large Vacuum Forming Machine

    Adam wipes the dust off of his old large vacuum forming machine and uses it for an ongoing Apollo spacesuit project! Here's a primer on vacuum forming and how it's been used in special effects and prop-making. Adam's machine has a few quirks, so let's see how it performs!

    Ask Adam Anything #9: Working Music

    This week, Adam answers a question about what music he listens to in the cave while he's working on projects. Adam digs up his current favorite playlist and runs through some of his favorite songs and artists. If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! (Music recommendations as well.) We'll be back next week!

    Premium: Adam Savage in Conversation with Neill Blomkamp

    Along with the Alamo Drafthouse theater in San Francisco, we hosted a screening of one of our favorite films: District 9. After the screening, Adam interviewed director Neill Blomkamp on stage to talk about the making of the film, his design aesthetic, and what kind of projects he's interested in working on. (This full interview is available for the Tested Premium Member community now, and will be released later on YouTube. If you haven't joined the Tested Premium Member community, you can do so right here.)

    Ask Adam Anything #8: From Shop to Kitchen

    While cleaning up after a One Day Build, Adam answers a question from the Premium Member community about how his shop organization and philosophy translates to other work spaces, like the kitchen. If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! We'll be back next week!

    The Martian Spacesuit Project: Patterning

    Adam takes the patterns and reference photos from The Martian spacesuit and brings them back to the cave to begin work on his replica. The next step is transferring the patterns onto sturdier materials and making detailed annotations about where each piece fits in the costume. (If you haven't joined the Tested Premium Member community, you can do so right here.)

    Ask Adam Anything #7: Asking for Help

    Adam answers a question this week about at which point of a project he thinks about asking for help. It's an important question, since asking for help is something Adam has been grappling with his entire life. How would you answer the same question? And of course, if you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! We'll be back next week!

    Adam Savage Mini Science Fair Project

    In honor of the 2016 White House Science Fair, Adam spotlights some counter-intuitive science, demonstrating how an acorn-shaped object can roll evenly -- just like a ball bearing! Find out more about #WHScienceFair here!

    Three Cool Viewer Executions of My Builds

    I've been doing my One Day Builds on Tested for a few years now. I love the builds (obviously); I also love sharing the stories of the builds. In a cool development I didn't expect, I'm seeing more and more people using Twitter and Facebook and other social media to share their builds inspired by what we're posting on Tested.com.

    I guess I could have anticipated it but honestly I didn't and it's one of the coolest things I could imagine. It's a grand conversation. I'm going to start highlighting some of these builds. When I complete something, I kind of put it out of my head. Like it's a solved problem I no longer need to think about.

    But seeing new approaches to the same problems I'm solving -- different materials, methods and inventive new techniques -- gives me something extra. It widens the scope in my head about what's possible. So keep sharing! I get a lot out of your inventiveness.

    Here are three cool executions.