If time is taken to add an artistic touch to a workshop project it will increase the uniqueness of the project. As well I believe that it adds to the project's emotional appeal.
Frequently I repair something in the shop, or replace a plastic bit with wood. That is the case with the pants hanger, it only added a few minutes to the project to do a small bit of relief carving. The hanger is now unique and a little bit personalized.
To prepare a plywood panel for wood burning is it important to sand it as smooth as possible. I sand to 500 grit and then use steel wool to further smooth the panel.
As I was checking things out on the net I found an interesting video on making a Shave Pony, a smaller version of a Shave Horse.
Trying to rough out wood before putting it on my lathe is always a clamping challenge. If you do much lathe work you will instantly see the advantage of a Shave Pony and draw knife. This is a project that I will copy soon.
cheers Ian W