The 48″ long handles are made from select Ash from the Tennessee River Valley and finished with a 50/50 blend of linseed oil and turpentine. Ash is an incredibly strong wood, and each handle is selected for density and grain quality. I install each one with the grain set in the proper direction for maximum strength and durability. Wood is far superior to metal handles with it’s dynamic “feel” when worked. It’s also warm to the touch, and the ends are contoured to better fit the hand. Handle span is 20″ across.