AN Oxford scaffolder has been keeping busy during lockdown by building a massive 360-degree swing in his mum's back garden.

Craig Knowles, 30, from Oxford, built the daring swing out of scaffold poles after being inspired by a popular YouTuber.

He filmed a video of himself building and swinging on the home-made contraption before posting it on his new YouTube channel, Custom Scaffolds, which now has more than 1,000 views.

Unlike a traditional swing that only goes 180 degrees back and forth, Mr Knowles' does a full 360 degrees swing all the way round.

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This means when using it, he goes upside down and he was not the first person to test it out.


He said: "I got my friend round to try it before me. He does anything crazy and jumped straight on.

"After seeing him on it, it gave me confidence to try it out myself. Other than him and I, no one else has dared giving it a go.

"It was pretty scary trying it out for the first time, but once you've done it, it's not a problem.

"I'm just glad it came together and that it works."

The 360-degree swing also requires the person who's using it to stand up as opposed to sat down like a conventional swing, and Mr Knowles uses a body camera in his video of him on it, giving the viewer an idea of what it is like to swing on.

Before making it, he built an outdoor gym which he also filmed and posted on his YouTube channel.

Part of the reason why he has decided to create the channel is so that he can develop new video editing skills.

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He said: "I built the gym about two and half years ago and ever since lockdown I thought I would use the time to learn a new skill of video editing.


"So I took the gym down and thought 'where do I go from here? Collin Furze has done a similar thing so I took the idea, visualised it, put it together and it works."

Colin Furze is a British YouTube personality, stuntman, inventor, and filmmaker, from Lincolnshire.

He has used his plumbing and engineering experience to build many weird and wonderful contraptions, such as a hoverbike, a jet-powered motorcycle made with pulsejet engines, and the 'world's fastest' mobility scooter, pram, and dodgem.

Mr Knowles, who has been a scaffolder for five years, plans to make more unusual inventions for people to watch on YouTube.

He said: "I plan on doing more videos. Lots of people took an interest in the gym that I built so I may build gyms in different sizes.

"I'm going to try and do unusual things as well that people haven't seen before to keep viewers coming back."


The scaffolder is currently using his mother's back garden to build on and so he says he will have to take the 360 swing down soon.

He added: "She thinks I'm mental. I did it on her patio so she wants me to take it down as soon as possible.

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"I think it might be coming down on Sunday."

To watch Mr Knowles' videos and to subscribe to his channel, search Custom Scaffolds on YouTube.