The first wagon wheel was a solid pieces of wood, heavy, hard to make round and not wobble. The first known spoke wagon wheel which was much a lighter wagon wheel, easier to make round and to control the wobble was around 2000 BC, it was a thousand years before an iron tire would be added to the spooked wagon wheel. There has not been a lot of progress made in the making of a wagon wheel over the years. True, with power tools and equipment we can now build the parts quicker than when the parts had to be made by hand. However, we make a wagon wheel today basically the same way a wagon wheel was made 150 years ago.