Fatwood was originally found in the remnants of longleaf pine stumps scattered across the Southeastern US. The longleaf pine was once the dominant conifer, growing across vast savannahs in sandy soil from Virginia to Texas. Most of these trees were harvested in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  In fact, the word ‘fatwood’ became a descriptor meaning the wood in these stumps was ‘fat’ with flammable resin, therefore, perfect for a fire starter.