My name is Alfonso Diaz. I grew up in Asturias, an area of spectacular green valleys in the north of Spain, where the predominately rural farming community still uses scythes nearly year round.
I started mowing with a scythe on my family’s farm when I was about 8 or 9 years old. It was a retired 24” Bellota. I helped my father mow hay and grass for our cows, clear brush and maintain the fields throughout the year.
In my county, (Onis), every year they celebrate the end of the mowing season—the last weekend of August. Among numerous rural contests are the showcase mowing and peening competitions. The first time I participated I was 14 years old, and I have participated over the years since then–even winning a few mowing and peening contests. Currently I live in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic area.