I had a pleasant surprise this week. A couple of years ago I picked up a 1907 Colt Bisley. It was well used with little finish remaining but the worst part was that one grip had a large chip out of it.
On the Colt Forum I was given the name of a guy, Don Furr, who could repair the grip but I was skeptical about how that would look. I looked at replacement grips but original ones were expensive plus both the original grips were serial numbered to the gun. A couple of weeks ago I mailed the grips to Don and they came back this week. I was shocked. There is no evidence of a repair on the outside or inside. I have no idea how he was able to match the color like he did. This was about the best $65 I've ever spent. If anybody has a grip needing repair I highly recommend him.
I used to cut speedloader cuts in S&W grips before they started doing it. I used a Dremel and did a good bit of hand sanding. Then I put Tung oil on the bare wood, let it dry a couple of days in my shop, and then sprayed just the part I did with clear polyurethane. Most folks thought the grips came that way after I finished, but dang this is hard to believe.