Handle was straight grained, cut with very little run off. It will serve me the rest of my life.
It came the day before I was to do a log building demonstration at a festival. The timing was perfect. I had the tongs for years but didn't bother with a handle until now. It fit perfectly and was of the highest quality wood that I would expect to see used in lumberjack competitions. I am sure it will outlast me.
The replacement timber carrier handles met my expectations. And that is important.