I am Christian Wig, named after my grandfather, Christian Christianson, from one of the several villages in Norway called Wig. I’ve created this web site (with considerable help) to feature the several things in life I’m passionate about. The first is Old-Time Appalachian fiddling and my CD recordings of this fascinating segment of Old-Time Music; second is my study of the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763) and the publication of my first book on the subject
In ''what seems like another life'', I was a US Marine, which allowed me to obtain a BA degree in 1975 from Kent State University with a double major in Anthropology and Political Philosophy. Since then I have been a farmhand, folk musician, luthier, insurance agent, square dance fiddler, fur trade era rendezvous musician and aficionado of the French and Indian War. Two of my articles on Christopher Gist have been published in Muzzleloader Magazine. Currently my significant other and I make jewelry with a strong Southwestern look (Leslie lived in Taos, NM for many years) and sell it at national level arts and craft shows across the country. In some of these shows, garbed in period clothing, we demonstrate and tell about the history of our craft. We live in the hills of east central Ohio. My interest in Old Time music as a fiddler and banjoist leads me to attend music festivals and collect Appalachian fiddle tunes. With the release of a second CD, this one about frontier fiddling, I am playing more "in character" as an eastern "frontiersman/fur trader" who happens to play fiddle.