Metal casting had its beginnings around 4000 B.C. in the Russian Black Sea area. Heating metal and shaping it with a hammer eventually made its way to heating the metal to a molten state and pouring it into a mold. Over 6000 years later, this process still remains relatively the same. But the tools, equipment and techniques have advanced considerably. Below are some of the CFHI archives with tools from the 19th century.