I've never used them or seen them in use. However, wood bar? I think we will require pix... :-)
Use a cable doubler and inline barrel adjusters to fine tune the pull. http://problemsolversbike.com/products/cable_doubler
Wood handlebars sound like an accident waiting to happen.
Or use 2 Paul E-Levers: http://www.paulcomp.com/elever.html
Not cheap, but they do look stylish, unlike that cable doubler.
Some people (especially those who ride fixed gear) don't see the need for a rear brake. The harder you stop, the less effective the rear brake becomes because the rear wheel naturally moves away (up) from the ground while the front wheel pushes (down) into it. There are other factors to consider like where you are positioned.
There are also people who are against anything but a straight line between the brake lever and caliper so as to minimize the possibility of failure. "Suicide brakes" come to mind.
If you want both brakes, I'd say go with what Duppie suggests. My brother has those levers on a really narrow bar and he loves them.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert. These are things I've read but don't know that much about. Check with an expert to be sure.