David Steinhauer was born and raised in Erie and graduated from Tech Memorial where he learned the trade of bricklaying. After graduation he joined the Bricklayers Union and eventually became a journeyman bricklayer. David went on to work in bricklaying for the next 23 years. Throughout that time David met his wife Kathy and they moved to Sheffield where David started his own business called Forest County Masonry. His business was his life until March 24, 2014 when he suffered a stroke that caused him to tumble down a flight of stairs which also caused a Traumatic Brain Injury.
David’s prognosis was bleak as the stroke caused severe damage to the right side of his brain which resulted in left sided paralysis. His medical team did not expect David to walk again or use his left side. However with Kathy by his side they refused to listen to his Doctors and 21 months later David was well enough to go home. Once home Kathy bought David a wood burning set for Christmas one year and his zeal for creating beautiful art was ignited. His passion continuously challenges him as he grows stronger and gains more muscle control daily. He has given his art work a name called C.A.B.A which stands for Crash and Burn Artwork. When asked why, David replies “because I crashed and burned.”
David may not be able to do bricklaying again but his love for creating beautiful artwork on wood has given him a new sense of appreciation and makes him feel good about things. David would like to tell others, “if anyone has suffered a stroke or TBI, hang in there”. “I didn’t think his life could get as good as it is now but it has and will continue to get better.”