Keith, I don't feel particularly qualified to comment on your beautiful work but my opinion would be a a plain dark colored handle design. This piece is busy to the eye and a solid dark handle might balance that out.
Just a thought…you do beautiful work!
You did it again. You created a beautiful piece. I haven't done any lade work but I would like to start someday.
I wish you would show how you put all those pieces together. And post some or all of your work process. Because it's all Greek to me.