During the feudal ages in Europe, peasants were not
allowed to cut live wood from the forests in order to preserve both trees
and game; however, they were permitted to gather dead wood from the ground
and to take dead branches 'by hook.' The expression 'by hook or by crook'
has come to be defined as 'by any means.' Our name, The Hook, is used as
a metaphor for appropriate technology and compliance.
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