Really? you must not have seen Nailscript then.

Iron nails take alot of more energy and resources to produce, and nailing them takes alot more effort 

It would be better to use sticks and kindling to burn, but I didn’t want to start a camp-fire in my house.

Its more just meant for considering "what if" a writing system evolved this way. It could be more efficient in some ways, depending on the resources available.

use leather or bark instead of paper, and it requires NO special materials or tools, just sand, your finger, and fire

Dustinger Batailleur <[log in to unmask]>
>That's the least efficient writing system I've ever seen.

On 16 April 2014 10:00, Matthew DeBlock <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  (Yay.. I didn't burn down the house hehe)
> still a fresh experiment, but first tests seem promising :) (see you-tube
> video above)
> No water or ink required, just paper, sand and fire.
> Could probably be done to leather, cloth, even wood, but wood would
> require a longer hotter burn to singe.
> The writing is water proof, once made, there is no ink, so it wont run or
> smudge no matter how wet it gets. Also, because crossing lines "cuts" the
> previous line, there might be some cool ways to use that in a script.
> Cover paper with sand, wipe lines in it with a stick, fingers or anything,
> and set a small fire on top.
> The paper will singe, but the sand will prevent it from burning, and
> control singing to the line due to heat sinking and controlled oxygen flow.
> Also, from my basic chemistry understanding, I imagine the vapors from the
> burning material are leaving some residue that stains the paper.
> Burning paper kinda sucks, had to do multiple burns cause it burns so
> fast, but the ash builds up, when I try to remove the ash in between burns
> it disturbs the sand and exposes some areas a bit:(
> I think it will work much better with small burning sticks laid just above
> the sand .Build up the edges a bit so they don't actually lie on the
> "drawing surface" but instead are just above it. (not too keen on the idea
> of starting a small camp-fire in my house lol, but using sticks for one
> long burn and not poking around should improve the quality)
> The last image in the video shows the carbon marks left on the floor
> beneath the paper. They wipe off easily, but it would seem that if I try
> with several layers of paper I might be able to produce multiple copies at
> once. Primitive "carbon copies" hehe
> Not sure what to call it, yet thinking something like "blazing sand
> script" or “FireScript” or even “SandScript” (though that might be easily
> confused for Sanskrit) hehe..
> Also, If this was how a culture started their writing system I can imagine
> it evolving into tons of other methods eg, pouring molten material into
> sand molds, filling with powder that melts with heat then congeals, etc..
> so the writing system could be integrated into many other arts and crafts
> as it evolves
> The medium of lines in sand is fun. As Alex pointed out in the thread
> about Nailscript, crossing lines in clay like cuneiform might be able to
> distinguish depth layer to some extend as well. This sand is a similar case
> that demonstrates that concept I think. Although this takes it to the
> “extreme” because the sand actually cuts the previous like and leaves 2
> “walls” on either side of the second stroke. Varying stroke width,
> specifically, using increasingly thin strokes should allow multiple
> crossings in one location.
> Maybe when I find a beach where fires are permitted, or when I finally
> move back to North-America and have a back yard, I can develop it further.
> Since I have now put it on the back burner, sharing it, maybe someone else
> has the means and ideas for a next step or some application.
> Hope you guys like :)