Who is the
Jock Dempsey, born 1951, divorced after 32 years marriage, has two children (twins)
age 32 in 2010.
His early mechanical education started at home under his father's guidance. In his pre-teen years he learned to operate small machine tools, make molds, sculpt, handle resins and automotive finishes. This was all part of building three award winning soapbox racers. He had already started to study his father's Machinery's Handbook and taken an interest in the art of the blacksmith. He graduated from high school ready to be a fine artist but this was not to be.
He has worked as an automotive mechanic specializing in sports car repair and wire wheel rebuilding. During the "great oil embargo" of 1973 he was operating an old fashioned full service automotive service station. He left automotive work to start a blacksmithing business in 1976.
While Blacksmithing he toured a four state area with his portable blacksmith shop. Later his work evolved into industrial blacksmithing and machine work. This led to a job in a family business as a machine designer where for 12 years he designed and helped build machine tools for the nuclear industry.
While working as a machine designer he was responsible for the design of machines weighing as much as 100,000 pounds. He was responsible for the design and detailing of huge castings and machine parts, specifying fits, finishes and metallurgy. He also designed all the feed transmissions and designed and built the semi-automated numerical control systems. During this period of time he continued to demonstrate blacksmithing and consulted on production methods in other blacksmith shops. From this he went into computer programing and the marketing of an engineering calculator program called Mass2 and now has a lite version on anvilfire called Mass3j.
In 1999 he managed a hydropower construction project in Virgina while operating anvilfire part time. He still consults on the design of hydropower systems and does an occasional job for the nuclear utilities. His hobbies include bookbinding and musical instrument building
Now he is back to blacksmithing, applying his knowledge of the art, mechanics and computers to bring you anvilfire.com!
anvilfire.com! has now been in operation for 13 years and is going strong in 2010. Besides operating anvilfire and answering questions full time he also maintains web-sites for several others including blacksmithing e-commerce sites, portfolio pages and others.