Just in case getting into needle felting wasn’t enough for you, a rad friend of mine is teaching a welding class up in your neck of the woods (I think). He’s a super cool dude and very artsy and creative without being pretentious:

http://www.crossingsatcarnegie.com/classpages/weldedmetalsculpture_ludeking.html?fbclid=IwAR1E-Y7HkcQUS-HbWxybWlEjJHW1nJO63iS4bEdde57pto7mSebwe3qP0lE