Frank Kanai

   Frank was born near Cheyenne, Wyoming on October 12, 1922. In 1928 his family moved to Hiroshima, Japan. He was graduated from High School there in 1940. He returned to the U.S. in 1941. He was then immediately placed in an internment camp, where he lived out WWII until 1945. After his release, Frank moved to Denver, Colorado, where he remained for one year, and then he moved to Chicago, Illinois.

   In Chicago, Frank worked as an auto mechanic for 40 years. In 1954 he married Toshiko Takeshita, and they had two daughters. He owned a gas station for 18 years until 1989, when he sold everything and retired to Vista, California.

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   Frank started creating beauty in lapidary in 1992, and joined the Vista Gem & Mineral Club in 1993. He excelled in all forms of that discipline; faceting, silverwork, and finally in 1998, he began making intarsia jewelry. For the bolo illustrated, he not only did the stonework, but all the silverwork (note the intricate weaving of the bolo cord taught to him by Lapidary Hall of Fame member Jerry Harr), the goldsmithing, and electroplating of the magnesite.

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