Saw this interesting aricle about 'Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe - he's started a website, mikeroweWORKS.com, which is designed to be a resource center for people looking for more information about careers in trades. Many, many trades for which you can earn a good living in the here and now can also make a seamless transition to operating an arts and crafts business full or part time.
Just to name a couple that I came up with off the top of my head:
- Welding = sculpture and jewelry
- Carpentry = furniture making and sculpture