Once the ground thawed out I dug the pit and started hauling rocks off the mountain. The rocks all had a layer of dew on them so the colors popped out at you. I picked each rock for its color first, then for its flat face and shape.
Once the temperatures stayed above freezing at night I poured the based and had everyone put their hands in. I should have done their feet. I know it's hokey, but I'm creating this home for my kids and their kids so the more personal the better.
After that, any day that it didn't rain I was out gluing stone together for the walls. I had to redo some of the mortor because I either got it too runny or too dry. It really needs to be like peanut butter or it doesn't work.
The pit only cost me $8.00 to make. I can't calculate the time because I worked on it 15 minutes here, an hour there over the course of 2 months. I didn't want it to look like a $300 fire pit from Home Depot becuase then it looses some of it's home-made, country cottage charm. Wait till you see the porch swing that will go in by it... in a couple of years.
If I could do it again
I would do the stone work in one Saturday using cement rather than mortor.