I have gone outside twice now in an effort to find fatwood and I’ve failed both times. I live in Maine and I’m wondering if there’s any fatwood in the entire New England area. First, I tried cutting a few dead branches from an entirely dead Spruce three and the wood seemed very dry. It didn’t look like the wood I’ve seen in videos and photos from around the web. Then, I cut some dead branches from a White Pine and again, the wood was dry. Nothing. I thought that one would be good, but no, it wasn’t. I cut a bunch of dead branches from live Black and White Spruce trees as well and there was nothing there either. Am I doing something wrong? From one of the videos I watched, it seemed like all you need to do is go out into the woods and chop one or two dead branches from a tree and there would be fatwood all over the place. From what I’m learning, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. I read a bushcraft post yesterday where the author described how he found fatwood in a dead three that had already fallen over and was rotting away. Does this sound correct? I wouldn’t think it’s hidden in there, but as you can see, I’ve been wrong before.
What are the best trees in which to find fatwood, anyway?
Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.