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The Saw Pony (Friend request) by joelashimself The Saw Pony (Friend request) by joelashimself
Short story by -lightsideluc [link]

Saw Horse spent every day crafting beautiful wooden chairs, tables and all other manners of carpentry with his bare hooves. He was content, happy, full of vim and vigour as he practised his one true talent.

Then, the unicorns moved in.

At first he was only too happy to have new neighbours. Seeing that they had a young colt, he made them a delicate picture frame to hold their family portrait, which they gladly accepted. One day, while chatting with the father unicorn, the topic of performing carpentry with magic came up. Saw was polite, but firm; no magic, at no time, could ever hope to compete against a proper hoof-made piece of furniture, decoration or art. However, the father took it as a personal affront, vowing that he would show Saw Horse just how much faster magic could make such things.

It began slowly, as the unicorn began to study crafting techniques and soon opened his own workshop. His projects were sloppy, inelegant; the chairs would leave slivers in a pony's rump, the tables would wobble, and his picture frames were uneven and were always tilted when hung on a wall. Despite this, he could make them fast, faster than Saw Horse ever could, if his pride would have let him. Not only that, but they were cheap and, despite their lack of quality, ponies would buy them simply because it was more affordable.

Saw Horse's business dried up; he could no longer afford the lumber or the tools needed to craft it. His very life crumbled around him as his one true talent was defeated by a unicorn that only understood money and not the heart and soul that went into it. As Saw Horse walked away from his home, having sold it for a mere pittance to pay off his debts, he could feel the father's glare of victory on his back, and on that day he swore revenge.

With keen blade and mind, he lured the unicorn to an abandoned lumber mill and cut off his horn. Fleeing into the night, he found himself overtaken by a feeling of disgust, yet the rush was even greater. From that day forth he stalked Equestria, searching for unicorns that used their magic at the expense of others and cut off their horns.

He earned a new name by his third victim.

The Horse Saw.
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:iconfirefanatic:
firefanatic Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I must. When I saw this, there was no coloring, and I thought:

"I cut carrots, MAKE THEM BLEEEEED!!"
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Skidaro Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If he were on a boat, would he be called Sea Saw?
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:iconjoelashimself:
joelashimself Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Ohhhhhhhhh!

You so silly.
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:iconskidaro:
Skidaro Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, thank you. All be here all week!
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Triforce-of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
That is so f***ing creepy.
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
How bleak, but I found it interesting to think that unicorn horns have veins and arteries running through them. I'd always thought they were just solid all the way through.
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joelashimself Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I theorized that unicorn magic requires a certain degree of caloric energy due to Twilight looking so tired and breathing heavy when she exerts herself.
Since Oxygen is required for burning calories, I surmised that Unicorn's horns need blood flow to operate.

It's just a theory, but I think it's a good one.
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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I'm not sure if this was intentional, but the link to :iconlightsideluc: is broken. Please fix it.
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:iconjoelashimself:
joelashimself Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I have the worst trouble with copying and pasting links. I'm still a bit new to this internet thing, old cave man that I am.

Please educate me, how do I make their link appear as their avatar?
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:iconkurseofkings:
KurseofKings Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Type this: :iconusername: All you have to is put the user's name after the icon part.
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:iconharlequin-smiles:
Harlequin-Smiles Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
He looks so much like Big Macintosh
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TheKoboldNecromancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Writer
:iconpinkiedoesnotwantplz: - "Ohhhhh-kay... obviously not a big talker. What's the matter? As a carpenter, you didn't get enough wood?"
The Horse Saw - "..."
:iconcutepinkiepieplz: - "Are we gonna have to give you the chair?"
The Horse Saw - "..."
:iconpinkieishappyplz: - "Are you going to say that someone framed you, oh carpenter pony?"
The Horse Saw - "..."
:iconpinkiepieplz: - "I guess it's just a hard-knock life, isn't it?"
The Horse Saw - "... Start running."
:iconpinkieshrugplz: - "I thought you hated unicorns, Mr. Saw? Can't you see, saw?"
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qwerty2999 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Well, it was nice knowing Flim and Flam brothers.
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:iconluckysweep:
Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Jealousy making a monster. Yet a monster that does *some* good. This is a first.
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True-Solunar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
And that's how Pinkamena started her necklace...
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SakuraKimbro Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice story!
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:iconlightsideluc:
lightsideluc Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Mucho gracias! This is even better than I was expecting :D.

Your detail on his expression remains the standout part of this. You can almost feel the madness behind them...
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NotAGoodUsername360 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
>sawhorse

>Saw Horse

i c wut u did thar...
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