A saddle-shaped opaque molded stone like structure having two identical convex sides (10) joined by four identical rounded corners (14) and two identical concave sides (12). The overall size of the curved surfaces, along with the color and surface texture of my invention can vary so that it will match the size, the color and surface texture of the various round stone like pavers that it will be used in conjunction with.
 1. Field of Invention
 This invention relates to the improvement in the opaque stone like modules that are used for covering natural and finished surfaces, specifically to an improvement in the functionality of existing circular shaped landscaping stepping stones.
 2. Description of Prior Art
 All prior art in the realm of opaque stone like modules are built in such a way as to be interlocking with each other or used in plurality, to pave a natural or finished surface. Each style has been invented to be laid in a pattern using only that specific style. The current round paving stones that are widely available in today's marketplace are sold to be used in plurality with each other in order to create a paved surface. The disadvantage of these round stones is that the surface they are covering has a lot of open space. This makes the pathway very difficult to walk on. My invention overcomes this difficulty by working in conjunction with the round pavers to help close in the open spaces, thus making the pathway very easy to walk on.OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION
 It is an object of the invention to provide a better system of paving natural and finished surfaces when specifically used in conjunction with the existing and common round pavers.
 It is another object of the invention to have two identical concaved sides to allow the existing round pavers to join in plurality with my invention in order to create a straight or curved pathway.
 It is still another object of the invention to have two identical convexed sides that are slightly larger than the diameter of the existing round stones, so that when used in plurality with the existing round stones, the surface area will be as wide or wider than that of the existing round stones.
 It is another object of the invention to have the concave and convex sides connected by smaller rounded corners to prevent any sharp corners and also to complete the saddle shape.DESCRIPTIONS OF DRAWINGS
 FIG. 1 is a perspective view of my invention in its environment.
 FIG. 2 is a top view of my invention in its environment.
 FIG. 3 is a top view of my invention when used in conjunction with round pavers to produce a straight pathway.
 FIG. 4 is a top view of my invention when used in conjunction with round pavers to produce a curved pathway.LIST OF REFERENCE NUMERALS
 10—convex curved side
 12—concaved curved side
 14—rounded corner
 16—existing common round paving stoneSUMMARY
 My invention is a saddle-shaped opaque paving module that is most commonly constructed of molded and poured concrete. It is to be used in conjunction with the existing round pavers that are widely available in today's marketplace. By using my invention with the existing round pavers, an easier to walk on pathway can be constructed.DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFFERED EMBODIMENT
 FIG. 1 illustrates how my invention fits into its environment by being placed between two round pavers (16).
 When used in conjunction with the existing round pavers that are 16″ in diameter, my invention will work most effectively if its widest point is 22″. Its narrowest point should be at least 9″. The radii of the two identical convex sides (10) should be 12″. The radii of the two identical concave sides (12) should be 9″, and the four identical radii (14) should be 1″. These dimensions will allow my invention to fit between the two round pavers so that a one inch gap will exist between the stones. These dimensions also allow for an overall width that is five inches wider than the round pavers to provide better footing when walking on the completed pathway. The overall shape of my invention allows itself to be laid in either a straight line or in a curvature to the left or to the right of the existing round pavers to produce a curved pathway or serpentine pathways. It is also noted that the size of my invention is too large to produce a 90-degree angle in a pathway when using one existing round paver and two of my invention. To produce a 90-degree angle, at least three of my invention must be laid in conjunction with the existing round pavers.SUMMARY, RAMIFICATIONS, AND SCOPE
 Accordingly, the reader will see that the shape of this invention allows it to be used specifically in conjunction with existing round paving stones. Furthermore, the saddle-shape of the H-Stone has additional advantages in that
 it provides for easy construction of a straight or curved pathway.
 it joins the existing round stones in such a way as to provide for an easier pathway to walk on.
 Although the above description contains several specifities, these should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention, but as merely providing illustrations of some of the presently preferred embodiments of this invention. For example, the size of the curved sides could be changed to adapt to the various sizes of round stones available. Its composition, thickness, color and surface texture can be altered to match the composition, thickness, color and surface texture of other round stones.
 Thus the scope of this invention should be determined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents, rather than by examples given.
1. A saddle-shaped opaque molded stone like structure consisting of two identical convex sides, joined by four identical corners and two other identical concave sides, whereby said structure will fit between multiple round-shaped molded opaque stone like structures in plurality to form a straight or curved pathway.
Filed: May 7, 2002
Publication Date: Nov 13, 2003
Inventor: Michael Lee Kendall (Bloomington, IN)
Application Number: 10140593