A technique to synthesize high-quality single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) using chemical vapour deposition (CVD) on Ge Stranski-Krastanow dots has been developed. From transmission electron microscopy and Raman measurements, the grown carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are identified as SWNTs with diameters ranging from 1.6 to 2.1 nm. Extensive scanning electron microscopy and atomic force characterisation of the effect of each stage in the growth process is presented. Our hypothesis is that pre-treatment stages lead to the formation of Ge nanoparticles, which act as seeds for CNT growth. This technique demonstrates the ability to synthesize high-quality SWNTs without the need for a metal catalyst, using processes and equipment standard to a silicon foundry.