One of the neatest experiences for me occurred when I was trying to decide if I wanted to procreate in this lifetime. I took a week off of work to be by myself and do something fun. I went to Berkeley, CA to take a shoemaking class! It was a 40 week: Monday morning we started sketching and by Friday night we had a pair of leather high-heeled shoes that we could wear home. I can’t tell you how fun that was.
This is the school: http://www.theshoemakingschool.co.uk/