In draw on pdf in soar Europe it was generally seen as any bow longer than 1. Estimates for the draw of these bows varies considerably.
Other sources suggest significantly higher draw weights. A record of how boys and men trained to use the bows with high draw weights survives from the reign of Henry VII. I had my bows bought me according to my age and strength, as I increased in them, so my bows were made bigger and bigger. For men shall never shoot well unless they be brought up to it. Hence probably arose the phrase “bending the bow,” and the French of “drawing” one. 1 to 2 years, then slowly working the wood into shape, with the entire process taking up to four years. This can be done far more quickly by working the wood down when wet, as a thinner piece of wood will dry much faster.
The bow stave is shaped into a D-section. The trade of yew wood to England for longbows was such that it depleted the stocks of yew over a huge area. The first documented import of yew bowstaves to England was in 1294. This stimulated a vast network of extraction and supply, which formed part of royal monopolies in southern Germany and Austria. In 1483, the price of bowstaves rose from two to eight pounds per hundred, and in 1510 the Venetians obtained sixteen pounds per hundred.
1532 the royal monopoly was granted for the usual quantity “if there are that many”. In 1562, the Bavarian government sent a long plea to the Holy Roman Emperor asking him to stop the cutting of yew, and outlining the damage done to the forests by its selective extraction, which broke the canopy and allowed wind to destroy neighbouring trees. In 1568, despite a request from Saxony, no royal monopoly was granted because there was no yew to cut, and the next year Bavaria and Austria similarly failed to produce enough yew to justify a royal monopoly. Forestry records in this area in the 17th century do not mention yew, and it seems that no mature trees were to be had.