Troy Koskiniemi: Monuments and more in the Northwest
Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2023
TK Graphics Co.
1000 sq. ft.
Roland Camm-1 24-in. plotter
Roland Camm-1 Pro 36-in. plotter
Canon Prograf Pro 2000 digital printer
Roland DE-3 laser engraver
A house-made roller application/ laminating table that Troy calls “The Frankentable 2300”
On Facebook as TK Graphics Co.
“I like having the shop at home,” he says. “The garage was big enough for me to build an office space. It’s worked fine until lately, so I may end up building that shop after all. A 40-by-60 building would be nice. I’m over the ‘grow bigger and hire people’ phase, though, so it will be more to accommodate my work than to grow the business. Before, I had a large shop with a lot of screen printing equipment and was doing a much larger volume. I don’t want those hassles again.”
Troy spent some time in college for graphic design and art, then started doing illustration and airbrush art. That eventually led him to sign work—first as cut vinyl lettering and hand painted signs, then as dimensional signs.
Ten years ago, Troy Koskiniemi downsized radically—from a 7000-sq.-ft. shop to the 1000-sq.-ft. garage at his and his wife Susan’s home because a road project in front of the shop was going to make things dusty and pretty inconvenient. His plan was to build a shop at the house, but that hasn’t happened yet.