Palmawatch add a metalwork artisan to their team.Peter Franklin
The latest recruit to the Palmawatch crew is Alexis Darder Leppanen. Company boss Pierre Oberon said, “we were looking for a professional welder who can be part of a creative solution, as well as having the necessary proven hands-on skills. In this respect Alexis was an obvious choice, due to his varied background on yacht related projects, and a keen interest in creating designs around various metals.”
Alexis’s love for metal started at an early age 17 years ago, when he qualified as a blacksmith. He has also expanded his horizons by learning about plumbing and carpentry, and he has enthusiastically studied the science of metals, fabrication and metal art.
Born in Mallorca to Finnish and Mallorquien parents who also had a love for boats and mechanics, Alexis developed a keen ear for languages, and speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan, English, Finnish and some Bulgarian. He was educated at an English school on Mallorca and later began working for Ripoll Laser, one of the best metal work companies on the island. He stayed there for 4 years, where at the tender age of 20 he started working with high-tech laser cutting and tig welding machines.
Since then Alexis´s experience has expanded after working on many different yacht projects. From design, fabrication, welding, polishing and installation, his experience spans to working with all types of metals including stainless steel, aluminium, copper, copper nickel, titanium, brass, Iron and a variety of alloys, as well as Perspex and Sikaflex.
In Alexis´s spare time he also works with a famous Catalan artist Amegra, where he makes stainless steel sculptures for the Artist. Alexis not only loves metal but he loves the design and the art that can be created from it. He has even designed his own unique type of bicycle.
Palmawatch, Palmafits and Palma Yacht Care, a total capability yacht service group based inside Palma de Mallorca’s STP shipyard.