If you build it, then lockdown just flies by



Hunter Stirling-Lindsay is living his dream thanks to a bit of Kiwi ingenuity and a can-do attitude.
The 13-year-old, helped by his father, Brett Lindsay, crafted a half-pipe scooter and skateboard ramp in the backyard of their Alexandra home during Alert Level 4.
Hunter, who has been riding a scooter since he was 3, said he had wanted a ramp, ever since he was little.

A nationwide lockdown and collection of supplies at their home, including wooden pallets, plywood and screws, meant he was well equipped to get the project off the ground without having to do any ‘‘essential shopping’’.

He worked on it from about 1pm to 7pm from week one of Level 4 and had completed it by the second week, with the exception of some railing they welded together, which will eventually be mounted at one end of it.
Hunter spent the rest of lockdown putting it to good use.

Work in progress … Hunter Stirling-Lindsay at work, building his half- pipe ramp during Alert Level 4 from his home in Alexandra. PHOTO: SHARLEEN STIRLING-LINDSAY

The project was one that taught him how to persevere and problem solve after discovering some aspects were more difficult than others.
He said the trickiest aspect was getting the coping where he needed it and keeping the plywood bent.
The easiest part was riding it.
If any of his friends want to give it a go, there is a Google waiver document they must fill in first, excusing Hunter from any responsibility if they take a tumble.
‘‘But I’m happy to supply a plaster,’’ he said.

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