Finished final planing this evening (18 January) and I have another pile of shavings from final planing the three sections.  Of the original 18 strips more bamboo has been turn into shavings than is left on the rod.  No need to use one of the two spare strips so far.

 

Strip tips are less than half the size of a toothpick.  Th finished rod tip will be smaller than a toothpick.

 

Tip and butt.

 

Butt section.

 

This is what a 0.035 triangle looks like.