I found a hospice thrift store that has several boxes of cut offs and end pieces of wood pretty uniform in size approx 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 1 3/4. These look to be from a furniture or custom cabinet shop. if anyone is interested in some I could send a large flat rate box stacked full to you for $20, and a medium flat rate box for $15 prices include shipping. I am not making money on these, just looking to help out both a local charity, and fellow whittlers and forum members. I have no idea what kind of wood it is but it seems to carve well and is harder than the bass wood I bought.
Just for reference I bought a small bag of bass wood (10 small pieces) for $6 at the local big box craft store.
Pay pal only, fees included of course, and will ship by the next day at the latest most will go out the same day. here are a few pics of some of the actual pieces.