Okay, I'm not sure if this will work but I want to try it anyways. I've got a flooring sample of olive wood but it isn't quite wide enough to make my design. So I'm thinking of make it a two peice by cutting out each side and using the tongue and grove as the joint in the middle. I was goin to glue extra peices on each side of the fork but I'm just not comfortable have all that force on a glue joint. I'm thinking that by having the joint in the middle of the handle it will have less force on a glue joint. I also grip my shooters higher on the fork so I think that will compensate for the center joint. I'm including a picture so hopefully y'all can see better what my plan is.