Thursday, August 4, 2011
Strictly speaking, 'puddling' was not invented until the 18th century, but I like the word better than 'smelter' and since I already have a history of cheating on these words under my belt already ...
Metals were in the 17th century still being smelted either with bloomeries or early blast furnaces. I'm afraid the system isn't gritty enough to distinguish between metal formed from one or the other - I can't say I feel bad about that.
I don't have much to say about the table above. So I'll simply steal this picture Wikipedia shows from the Deutsches Museum of Germany's first blast furnace, circa 1150 A.D., because it is, well, cool.