Yes I came to know Carl through emails. He waited till he had a high grain hide to make mine. He also made me a single layer dress belt of the same coloring. He didn't want to send me the set which he thought did not match. I had him send them because I really did want the single layer for dress. When I received them they would have matched well enough for me if that were my intent. Bottom line is he strikes me as a man of high integrity.
I will buy another soon along with a matching belt. It seems he doesn't get as many of the high grain hides as he would like, I suspect the horsehide supply isn't very good, I read they mostly come from Europe now. The horsehides make the best looking pieces I have ever seen.
My pics don't do justice - the color is richer and darker and the offset grain is more distinctive.