My name is Duncan Hill, and I'm an armbruster - a crossbow maker.  I've been fascinated with medieval and renaissance crossbows for a long time; for me they represent the perfect combination of engineering, woodcraft, physics, and artistry.  My goal as an armbruster is to carry on the craft of crossbow making in the styles and traditions of European armbrusters of the middle ages, using modern techniques, materials, and tools - hence, The Modern Armbruster.

My bows are normally equipped with lower-poundage (70 to 100lbs) aluminum and steel prods (the bendy bit at the front), enabling you to span them by hand, and making them perfect for backyard fun and also historical reenactment groups, such as the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

I offer a few standard bows in stock, which you can find on the catalogue page.  I'm also happy to build you a custom bow - contact me now at to explore what's possible for your ideal crossbow!