We went to Portsmouth and besides having a great time, we tested out some long bows.
There were two longbows there, one with a 40pound pull and another with a 90 pound pull, both of us were unable to pull it to the full extent. The actual pull required back in those days was 170 pounds.
and then i came across this little documentary showing how a longbow is made. it was just so mesmerising, i tell you.
The Birth Of A Weapon. Part I. English longbow making. from John Neeman Tools on Vimeo.