If there is one thing that would signal the start of the modern age, it would be the time man started discovering the many uses of metal. For one, the modern world would be different if there were no metal structures that held up buildings, bridges, and other such structures.
History of Metallurgy
Early human civilization is generally divided into three ages – the Stone Age, followed by the Bronze Age, and then the Iron Age. These ages are marked by man’s ability to make use of implements made from stone, bronze, and iron, respectively; hence, their name. It was during the Bronze and Iron Age that the industry of metallurgy started to gain momentum as man learned how to fashion iron and steel into various shapes.
Keep in mind, however, that bronze and iron were not the first metals discovered by our ancestors. In fact, our forefathers made use of gold first, having discovered it way back 6000 BC. This was followed by copper, silver, and then iron. As early civilizations fought for control over certain portions of land, the use of various metals became closely related to weaponry.
The Fashioning of Metal
The many uses of metal even in the ancient times, however, is not limited to structures nor to implements of war. In fact, metal is also used as decoration as well as a material for personal accessories even during the ancient times. In the past, men were fashioned the metal into various items using stones and fire.
Today, most production and manufacturing companies use rotary tables. These allow all sides of the metal to be processed without the need for constant removal and repositioning. Of course, the smelting process still requires the use of fire; probably, the only thing that has stayed the same throughout the history of metal work.