He doesn't have a website, but his business is called Iron Mountain LeatherWorks, in Chico, CA. He stocks a lot of hand made leather goods. I think he has some much nicer quality biker gear and outdoor goods, etc. It's a small shop, but it sounds like he can source a lot of raw materials, that he uses in his custom creations, which keeps me rather optimistic.
He mentioned that the hide he's expecting in, is for use in part, for a custom made briefcase he's making, so that sounds rather promising, as far as him knowing some of the finer details of leather working.
Good point on the buckle attachment Vox. I'll add that on to my request. My local cobbler here in the bay shortens all of my belts for me, for free half the time, because I've had him do so much other work for me.