Raminholz - rare and protected

Raminholz is a coveted and now rare wood from the Southeast Asian region. What special features it has, what restrictions there are on the reference, and what it is used for, see this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityabout 0.60 g / cm³
Compressive strength61 - 71 N / mm²
flexural strength110 - 130 N / mm²

Other names, protection and substitute woods

Occasionally, the Raminholz is also known by its botanical name, Gonystylus, Also the names Melawis and Ahmin are common. The DIN designation is RAM

Protection of Raminholz and substitute woods

Many of the species are protected, for Raminholz an export certificate must be presented by the timber merchant in order to export it. Thus, the illegal timber trade and the exploitation of Raminholz in Southeast Asia should be prevented. This can occasionally lead to shortages in the timber trade. Koto wood is often chosen to replace Ramin.



Raminholz has a mediocre fine structure. The medium-sized pores are numerous and evenly distributed throughout the wood. They are visibly surrounded. The grain is straight or slightly wavy.


Ramin is a very light wood, has a slightly oak color, but is often discolored. Both the heartwood and the sapwood are bright yellowish.


The strength properties of Ramin are roughly equivalent to beechwood. However, it is much brittle and also tends to rip and splinter, is therefore often less good to work on.

Shrinkage and drying

The drying is not a problem, but there is a certain tendency to crack. Also, discoloration can easily occur if improperly dried. The shrinkage is moderate.


Ramin is not weather resistant and also resistant to fungal and insect infestation. It can therefore only be used indoors.


Ramin is widely used, it serves as furniture and parquet wood, but is often used for strips and profiles. Also for picture frames it is often used. Ramin is suitable for the production of veneers.


Ramin comes mainly from Malaysia, but also from Indonesia and other areas in the Southeast Asian region.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Ramin, can be found here.

Tips & Tricks

It is important to remember that when exposed to moisture, Ramin can develop very unpleasant odors.

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