These excellent wooden sculptures were made by Rex Stewart. Mr. Stewart specializes in building model boats although as you can see, he also carves realistic figures from wood for his dioramas and shadow boxes. You can see more of his work on his Flickr site and on his blog, Hudson River Model Steamboats.
Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in the history of whaling. It's a brutal, but fascinating topic to study. There is no justfication for it today, but at it's peak it provided much needed lamp oil, candles and other products. Fortunately the discovery and proliferation of electricity made whale oil largely obsolete. Here are a few related postings that may be of interest:
The Artist at work.