Pat Haran Flutes

Fine Native American Style Flutes Since 1990

Pat Haran

Artist Bio: Pat Haran

Thanks for visiting my web site. Flute making has been my passion for many years. Those 110 degree days in the shop, covered with sawdust and sweat, may sound like a day in Hades, but to an impassioned flutemaker, it's a slice of heaven.

I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my wife Lindsay. My flutemaking journey started in 1990 when I became enthralled with a flute cassette tape by Michael Graham Allen called "Tear of the Moon". Now available in CD format, it is still one of my all time favorites.

My search for a flute led me to a Native American arts and crafts show at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix.

There I found Hopi artist and flutemaker Ernie Northrup crafting river cane flutes in his booth. Ernie invited me down to Tucson for a flute workshop he was offering, and it was there I learned the basics of flutemaking that Ernie's grandfather had taught him while growing up on the Hopi Mesas. I've been crafting flutes ever since; Ernie I am forever grateful!

Another gentle soul who entered my life in the early years of my flute making was Saggio. Saggio began playing the native style flute about the time I started making them. We were blessed to find each other, in that it allowed for a symbiotic relationship that to this day remains close and beneficial to us both.

Hawk LittleJohn once told me to share the gift. He said, "I don't care who makes the flute, as long as we get a flute into the hands of every person on the planet".

Pat Haran with 90 pounds of 4 inch thick curly Port Orford cedar

Hawk taught by example, mentoring Tony Richards of Australia who now is an excellent flutemaker. He said the "secrets" I discover while working my craft should be shared with those curious enough to ask. I agree; other flute makers are not my competition, they are my colleagues.

Another friend, flutemaker, artist, musician who has encouraged me over the years is Mac Lopez. Mac shares in his dear friend Hawk's reverence for the flute, and the healing it always brings.

My good friend Mike Gulino is another of the flutemakers who shares in the vision. Our flute journeys have paralleled in many ways, but it's his willingness to share not only his knowledge of the flute, but also his musical knowledge, that has influenced not only me but many others.

Over the years as my flutes evolved, and improved, I would receive requests from flute musicians who wanted native style flutes that offered more performance. These requests centered around three items that are now central to my flute making: voice, range and response.

They were requesting a voice that was big and clear. A range that on a minor scale flute, included a complete relative major (do, re, mi...) scale starting from the third harmony (bottom hole open); and a response that allowed the player to push the flute beyond the traditional limits with agressive playing techniques, for genres such as jazz and blues.

Five flautists whose "outside the box" play continues to inspire me in my efforts are: Arvel Bird, Scott August, Gary Stroutsos, Bobb Fantauzzo, and dear friend John Vames who passed over July 26, 2010, but who will continue to inspire me and many others.

The players and makers mentioned above are only a few of the many friends, family and acquaintances who have appeared along the way, and have been part of this journey. To all of them I offer my heart felt gratitude.

Peace and Joy to all,