Some work is timeless. Joe Picard logs the woods, hays the fields, plows the roads, and delivers firewood for families in Middlesex, Vermont. This is work he was taught by his French Canadian-Native American father. Joe's language still reflects the cadences of the speech of his Québecois ancestors. It's a sound, a music, that is vanishing, as is his way of life.
Following him throughout the year,we see that he is always immersed in the kind of work on the land that can only be accomplished at that particular season. As much a part of the land as the landscape itself, this man and his work give us a glimpse into a way of life that, like music, may soon fade away.
In the 2013/2014 revival of the Bread and Puppet Theater's The Birdcatcher in Hell I performed Kiyoyori the Birdcatcher in celebration of Bread and Puppets's 50th anniversary. I am also the editor of the 2014 film version of the performance.