Acts 18:3 KJV
And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
Paul had made many friends and close associates in his years of ministry but none were more dear to him than Aquilla and his wife, Priscilla. He met them, I suppose, as he did all others. Paul spoke with people, introduced himself and entered into the social settings of the synagogues, markets and counsels. Having met Aquilla a connection was made because both were, by trade, tent makers.
We hear very little about Paul's craft making experiences. I understand that the custom of the day was that an educated man have experience also in a trade. I think it is still a wise idea.
· It gives a man a backup means of employment
· It gives a man a connection with the working class
· It gives a man a heart for the life of those less educated
· It gives a man some of the best friends he will ever know.