While the Darlows were living on the island of Jersey between 2006 and 2009 it wasn’t feasible for Mike to continue full-time professional turning. Jersey’s main activity is finance. Mike therefore enrolled in a bookkeeping correspondence course. He found the course notes explained poorly, as did all the textbooks available on accounting and bookkeeping. Inexplicably the teaching of bookkeeping and accounting is purely textual and has been so since the first accounting text was printed in 1494. Fortuitously the concept of double entry, the basis of accounting, is readily represented graphically. This allied with Mike’s experience with drawings as a civil engineer and woodturner enabled him to invent balance charts, a graphical way to represent financial information which makes accounting far easier to understand.
On returning to Australia in 2009 and having written six woodturning books, Mike decided to write an accounting book which he called Know Accounting Graphically.
What has astonished Mike is how reluctant accounting educators are to consider an invention which makes accounting easier for students to understand, and therefore the subject easier to teach. Balance charts are now being used for the second year in Adelaide University.
Know Accounting Graphically has 122 pages, size A4, and has 76 balance and other charts printed in full colour. It’s Australian retail price is $30 plus $5 postage.
For further details on balance charts, email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org