Picard Peening Anvil
The anvil is used in”free hand peening”. It requires more practice to master then the jig but can achieve an even better result.
A good way to start with freehand peening is to use an anvil in combination with the jig; use the jig to complete the first couple of lines of peening then finishing the edge freehand with an anvil. This helps develop the hammer skills you will need to complete the entire peening process freehand.
The three videos below were recorded during Phil’s “Masterclass” on freehand peening at the Scythe Festival in 2011 and contain lots of information on the art.