The second most important part of a saw...

Saw Handles

Via Lost Art Press we learn.

…woods used for handsaw handles are black cherry, red gum and maple and, where specially ordered, black walnut and mahogany. Handles for long or cross-cut saws are made principally of beech and maple, though some few are of hickory.

In making them you’re looking for wood that’s readily available, inexpensive, easy to shape and won’t put splinters in your hand.